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Mahoning commissioners approve several contracts Thursday



Published: Thu, November 3, 2011 @ 4:40 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Several labor union contracts for Mahoning County government workers remained in limbo until today as the decisive election concerning public employee collective-bargaining rights loomed ahead next week, and some are still in limbo.

The county commissioners today approved three-year contracts for workers in the county engineer’s office, 911 center, child support enforcement agency and recycling, building inspection and microfilm departments.

None of the contracts feature any pay increases, and all require a 10 percent employee contribution to health-care premiums.

Employer payments of the employee share of retirement contributions range from full payment in the engineer’s office to none in the 911 center.

All the contacts were ratified by the union workers before the commissioners approved them.

Departments still in labor negotiations with other bargaining units are the Department of Job and Family Services, auditor’s office, and recorder’s office.

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1ytown1(392 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

What a bunch of cowards. If they are so sure that SB5/Issue2 will be defeated at the polls then why settle for less, if it fails as all of the people say her on vindy.com, then it would be raises for everyone then.

Why give up three years raises and paying more for your benefits, Other than the Engineers Office, which will still pay "0" for their retirement?

I thought the Unions were so confident that they have this thing defeated, My take in it is that it is only being defeated here in the Valley and that is not the case else where around the state.

One thought that I still feel is missed, this has less to do with the state and much more to do with being able to control costs at the local level, which as we have seen here in the Valley that the elected officials are right there in bed with the unions. They know who votes her, and unfortunately it is a majority union voter and their families and friends at the polls.

At the end of the day the voter can still control costs, we can vote down any and all levies where we feel the money and privilege is being abused by the local politicians and their union supporters. So go ahead and defeat SB5/Issue 2 and the pain will be much more than a few percentages of salary being given back.

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2SAVEOURCOUNTRY(470 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Everyone wants to blame the union. The Commissioners AGREED TOO. You don't like it.
Run for office and open up bargaining again, its in just about every contract, and fix what you don't like.

VOTe NO ON SB5...its telling you are STUPID because you can't elect good stewards of tax dollars

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3sue(170 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Why is the employer (the county) paying the full share of the employee's share of retirement contributions? Are you kidding me? In what world, other than the government, does the employer do this? I will NEVER vote for another county sales tax.

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4PacoTaco(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Pretty much 90% of the private sector employees pay a share of the employee's share of retirement. Its matching, if the employee doesn't contribute the county wouldn't pay

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5LeoFibanacci(19 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Most Ohio public employees pay nowhere near what private sector employees pay for their own health care benefit. Most private sector workers have no pension but have a 401k instead in which the worker provides most of the funding. The public sector is still in denial and the taxpayers must send a message that the public sector must pay more for their own health care and pension. The taxpayers can no longer fund their own health care and pensions and that of the public workers.

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