Report awaits workers' vote

Negotiations will continue with one union after commissioners rejected a second fact finder's report.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Unionized workers in Mahoning County's Child Support Enforcement Agency must meet soon to vote on a fact finder's report that calls for workers to pay 10 percent of their health insurance premiums without a dollar cap.
Mahoning County commissioners voted Thursday to accept the fact finder's report, which was issued Wednesday.
The 70 members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3577 have seven days to vote as well, or the report will automatically be accepted, said negotiator James Adams, staff representative with AFSCME Ohio Council 8.
The fact finder's report calls for employees to contribute 10 percent toward health insurance premiums without a limit on the dollar amount, County Human Resources Director James Petraglia said. Commissioners have said they want all county employees to pay 10 percent.
Local 3577 members were waiting to schedule a membership meeting until getting the fact finder's report, which Adams said he received Thursday.
Other contracts
Commissioners also voted to reject a second fact finder's report regarding AFSCME Local 2001, representing about 170 employees in the county's Job and Family Services department.
That contract expires next August, but language called for a reopener in November. Petraglia said wages and medical care were under the same contract article, but the fact finder ruled that the reopener applied to wages only. Commissioners rejected the report because it did not address health insurance.
The county may wait until August to conclude negotiations with Local 2001, Petraglia said. The union would like to finish talks sooner, Adams said.
Both fact finders' reports called for "nominal" wage increases, Petraglia said. Adams wouldn't discuss wage proposals before the pending membership meeting.
Members of Communication Workers of America Local 4300, representing about 40 workers from the county's building inspection department and Green Team recycling division, also will pay 10 percent of insurance premiums without a cap under an agreement that commissioners approved Thursday. The contract is effective through Dec. 31, 2007.
Teamsters Local 377, representing county engineer's office employees, reached a new contract three weeks ago. It, too, calls for unlimited 10 percent employee contributions, Petraglia said.

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