Labor Dispute

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

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.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, July 19, 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

A union representing Montgomery County Children’s services workers is close to reaching a contract deal with the county.

County and Professional Guild of Ohio representatives have reached a “conceptual framework for a tentative agreement,” according to a joint statement released Wednesday.

Negotiations began in February and stalled this summer, after the two parties failed to agree on wage increases.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, July 19, 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

Hundreds of Montgomery County Children’s Services workers walked off the job Friday morning after negotiations with the county failed. But before noon, members were abruptly forced to abandon the picket lines due to a court order has temporarily halting the strike.

The Professional Guild of Ohio (PGO) met with Montgomery County for a mediation Thursday, but the two parties were unable to come to deal. The dispute centers on wages.

Negotiations began in February. The PGO filed a 10-day strike notice earlier this month.

Wright State university
Jess Mador / WYSO

After 20 days, the faculty union strike at Wright State University has ended.

With the help of a federal mediator, union and administration negotiators reached a tentative agreement late Sunday night.

Details of the deal have not yet been released, but union leaders said early Monday the agreement allows them to negotiate future healthcare plans – a major sticking point in prior contract discussions.

Picketers check in at Wright State's faculty union's strike headquarters
April Laissle / WYSO

With no deal in sight, Wright State’s faculty union is on the picket lines for a fourth day Friday With temperatures hovering in the teens, union members have turned a conference room in a hotel across from the main campus into their strike headquarters. 

WYSO’s April Laissle got an inside look at the space on Thursday, and talked to one union member about what it’s been like on the picket lines.

Protests and concerns continue this week at Wittenberg University concerning the school's plan to replace its long time housekeeping provider, ABM. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports that the move has been meet with resistance on campus.