Montgomery County, Children Services union sign 3-year contract

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Commissioners and the Professionals Guild of Ohio signed a three-year contact Tuesday at the Montgomery County Commissioners meeting.

The resolution passed unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting. PGO local president Jane Hay spoke to Commissioners before the vote, praising the work of all involved in coming to the agreement.

Commissioner Judy Dodge says, “We worked very hard this year to try to mend fences and try to get everybody on the same page.” 

The PGO says the new contract will finally provide members with stability.  

Hay says, “They’re still out knocking on doors and removing kids and moving kids elsewhere that are actually positive for COVID, you know, in their own vehicles. So they’re putting themselves and their families at risk.” 

The new three-year contract includes the following terms: 

  • In 2020 employees will receive a $750 lump sum signing bonus 
  • In 2021 they’ll earn a 1% pay increase 
  • In 2022 they’ll earn a 2% pay increase 

Dodge says, “They know they want to care for the kids and make sure that each family gets the best care they possibly can, without a lot of commotion in the background.” 

Hay says the county has assured the union it will help fill nearly 50 vacant positions that are increasing existing caseloads to more than 20 cases per caseworker. 

Hay says, “Our casework staff is really thin right now. So it’s put a stress on our workforce as well, but they have assured me they’re going to keep these positions filled.” 

Montgomery County Director of Communications Brianna Wooten says the county is actively recruiting for six Caseworkers, and they have selected 12 candidates for Caseworker positions that will start in September and October. She adds that’s a mix between internal transfers and new hires. 

“During such a period of uncertainty for this country, PGO and Montgomery County were able to come together and create some stability for the workers of Montgomery County Children Services by negotiating this unprecedented three-year contract,” said Hay.

In October, 2019, after nine months of negotiations, a 60-day injunction, and a total of nine strike days, Montgomery County and the 270 children services workers finally agreed on a contract. 

The contract was ratified by the union representing Children Services workers on October 3, 2019 and approved by the Montgomery County Commission October 8.

The strike was the first in Montgomery County Children Services history.

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