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Montgomery County Children's Services Workers Approve Tentative Deal

The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.
Jerry Kenney
The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers, who returned to their jobs on Tuesday, have voted to approve a tentative agreement to end a more-than-weeklong strike.

County commissioners are expected to vote on the agreement next Tuesday.

Under the agreement, employees would receive a 4.5 percent raise retroactive to April 1 of this year. Employees would also receive a $250 payout as part of the settlement deal. And all pay rates will be increased at the top level by 1 percent.

With the PGO stepping off the picket line the county plans to reinstate all previously approved leaves and benefits for employees, and both sides have agreed to a no-reprisal provision.

A statement from the Professionals Guild of Ohio union local President Jane Hay says workers are eager to get back to serving children and families in the community.

If county commissioners vote to uphold the agreement, the temporary contract will remain in effect until March 31, 2020, but both the county and the PGO would begin negotiations on a new contract at the beginning of the year.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.