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

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Montgomery County Children's Services workers went back to their jobs on Tuesday, after a strike that lasted several weeks. Both the Professionals Guild of Ohio (PGO) and the county confirm that a tentative agreement over wage issues was reached on Monday.

The agreement came together through negotiations working with the State Employment Relations Board (SERB).

The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.
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Montgomery County Children Services workers are again on the picket line after contract negotiations came to a halt last week. Talks broke off  between negotiators for the county and the Professionals Guild of Ohio union over wage issues.  

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The Montgomery County Children Services workers union has turned down an offer from the county that would have given its members a 5 percent raise. The union held an open vote on the offer Wednesday.

A county spokesperson issued a statement saying officials are “incredibly disappointed” that a majority of Professionals Guild of Ohio members voted down the offer.

Montgomery County officials say they will enact a comprehensive contingency plan to continue services normally provided by PGO employees. The county would not release the details of that plan.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, July 19, 2019.
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The Montgomery County Children Services union is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to accept a final contract offer from the county. The county’s last offer to the Professionals Guild of Ohio includes an across-the-board wage increase for all employees. However, not all workers would receive that pay increase in the same manner.

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A union representing more than 270 Montgomery County child-welfare caseworkers has announced its intent to strike.

The Professionals Guild of Ohio filed an official 10-day notice with the state.

If a deal over wage increases isn’t reached, the union could walk out as early as July 19.

In a statement, Montgomery County officials say they’re working on plans to keep child and family services operations going in the event of a strike.

Messages left with The Professionals Guild of Ohio were not immediately returned.