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Thank you Wakep and brownsbaby and Kim. I am a CSB worker. We asked for a pay raise with our last contract in 2009. It was approved by the CSB board but not the commissioners. Since then, our levies have passed Three Times, but still no payraise. This last request by our union reps to give us our raises retroactive to 2009 was also approved by the CSB board but not, so far, by the commissioners. We are not paid out of the same fund as other county workers. Our levies provide for our potential payraises. Last year 2 out of 4 of our cheif supervisors retired and have not been replaced. Money is available for our payraises but the commissioners won't approve our raises for some political reason. Other county agencies have received payraises during this time period. Cost to us for our healthcare benefits has risen twice in the last four years. In Summit County CSB caseworkers make $15,000-$20,000 more per year than in Mahoning County. Are the efforts of CSB workers not appreciated in Youngstown? We work with families in crisis in an effort to help them stabalize. We protect children when their parents are unable to do so, often due to mental health issues or addiction for which they need treatment. We come to our work with passion and hope to help our society to heal in at least some small way. Butwe are degreed professionals, many with college loans to pay on top of rising food and fuel costs, and we struggle to make ends meet ourselves. What salaries do Commissioners Traficanti and Ludt make? Is their work more important than the work of those of us who work directly with those in our society who are struggling? I am losing my passion for this work, especially after feeling less and less valued by my community and the powers who hold our payraises in their hands, begrudge us a 3% raise, and portray us in the news as greedy. I have thoughts of moving into the private sector, and getting out of social work altogether, so I can make enough money to put aside something for retirement. And do less stressful work that is valued more by society, where company profits allow good pay, where my raises cannot be witheld by politicians who don't value public service.
November 28, 2010 at 10:48 a.m.