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County pays all retirement contributions in new Mahoning CSB deal



Published: Thu, June 21, 2012 @ 8:45 p.m.

County pays all retirement contributions in new Mahoning CSB deal

YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning County commissioners have ratified a new three-year labor contract with no scheduled pay raises for 97 clerical, group home and case workers at the county children services board.

However, the contract allows for the matter of wages to be re-opened for discussions at any time. Specifically, it says wages “shall be reopened for negotiations by either party upon 30 days’ notice to the other party.”

The contract with Communications Workers of America Local 4300 is retroactive to Feb. 1. The employees, who had previously ratified the contract, earn between $18,000 annually for the lowest paid clerk and $29,000 annually for a top-level child welfare caseworker.

The county will continue to pay the entire employee share of Public Employee Retirement System contributions, which is 10 percent of salary. That’s in addition to paying the employer share, which is 14 percent of salary.

“We’ve worked to have a good relationship with the union. They understand the fiscal challenges that we’re facing and have agreed to accept a wage freeze again,” said Denise Stewart, CSB director.

If the county granted no pay raise and simultaneously tried to curtail its payment of the employee retirement share in negotiations, it would likely lose in fact-finding, unless it could show a hardship, said Rachel L. Livengood, county human resources director.

In past negotiations, the county agreed to pay all or part of the employee share of retirement contributions in various departments instead of giving pay raises, she said.

The employees will continue to pay 10 percent of their monthly health care premiums, which total $728 for single coverage, $1,454 for a couple, $1,352 for employee and child, and $1,549 for a family.


Comments

1mnascar(36 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Just keep going to the tax payer for more and more money! The well is only so deep, and it's running dry!
People who live off the taxpayers need to wake up! Good luck when you ask for more money, I'm busted now!

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2Philo(99 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Certainly, these poor individuals aren't overpaid at the rates quoted in this article. I wonder how much their union dues are and just how much good it does them to belong to a union in this day and age. This is an excellent reason to support the initiative to place a right to work referendum on the ballot and give Ohio workers the freedom of choice that they all deserve. If you want to join the union, that's fine. If you don't want to join the union, then your freedom to choose should be respected. Furthermore, the government should not be in the business of collecting union dues. If you want to belong to a union then send them a check every month, just like you do for your car payment. I believe Ohio voters will support this very important freedom of choice if given the chance at the ballot box, particularly after seeing what happened in Wisconsin with the Scott Walker recall fiasco. After all, who wouldn't want more choice?

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3CoupeT(3 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

County pays all retirement contributions in new Mahoning CSB deal

I'm just wondering why this is the headline for this article...

NO raise in 4 1/2 years...fact

Healthcare goes up every year. fact

Protection in the field = a pen and notepad (not allowed to even carry mase). = fact...

Dangerous job, basically we are a cop, counselor, probation officer, parole officer, etc without the luxury of a gun...fact..

no dental insurance = fact (but if you're on welfare your kids will get their teeth checked at school yearly).. fact...

Most of us pay into deferred comp or some other means of retirement because nothing is guarenteed...fact..

so again, at the ridiculous wages posted in this article, not to mention most of the workers at CSB have at least a bachelor's degree why is anyone whining about getting something contributed towards their retirement?? really??? c'mon man....

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4Ytownnative(1103 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

"The employees will continue to pay 10 percent of their monthly health care premiums, which total $728 for single coverage, $1,454 for a couple, $1,352 for employee and child, and $1,549 for a family"

So health care for a family costs $15490 dollars a month ? or $7280 for one person?

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5NoBS(2139 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

CoupeT, you know why. The Vindy has taken as its mission the beating down of all public employees, whether they're a $100K+/year police chief or an $18K/year caseworker.

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6DwightK(1351 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Shouldn't the headline for this story be that top level employees at the agency responsible for children safety only make $29,000?

That's absurdly low for positions requiring a Bachelor's degree.

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7keepingitreal(25 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

That is extremely expensive hospitalization, what is their deductible?

It should be at least $500.00. If not, they are over paying for premium coverage.

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8CompMan(125 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe the county needs to rethink how they reward employees. Grant them annual merit pay increases and start having them pay increasing more annually for increased health care & retirement contributions. Breaks the cycle how they are rewarded & breaks elected officials from pandering for next election votes.

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