October 20, 2014

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UPDATED: Department of Job and Family Services workers strike over contract dispute

 

Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services workers walked off the job Monday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — Unionized workers at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services walked off the job Monday as part of a long-running dispute with the county commissioners over contract negotiations.

“We’ve been trying to get a contract with the employer and we were not able to do it, and the only action we had left was a strike action,” said Jim Waingrow, an international representative for the United Auto Workers.

In a news release issued Monday evening, the commissioners said they have been trying to reach a deal with the 164-member UAW Local 2192 since July, including a nearly eight-hour mediation session on Saturday.

Although county officials said they couldn’t comment on what happened during mediation, they did include a list of the issues separating the two sides during the last offers, exchanged on Dec. 2.

The release said the union wants a 4.78 percent raise for workers in the first year of the contract while the county wants to give employees a 3 percent raise. Both sides had agreed to a 2.5 percent raise in the second year of the contact and a 2.25 percent raise in the third year.

Strikers picket outside the Jobs and Family Services building.

Strikers picket outside the Jobs and Family Services building.

County Administrator Jim Cordes said the average hourly wage of union members is a little more than $15 per hour.

The union also has demanded an additional week of vacation, paid lunches and breaks and an additional day of sick leave.

The union’s bargaining committee chairwoman, Kelly Fields, declined to comment on the release or the strike, including suggestions from the county that some of the striking workers simply stopped helping clients at the agency when they walked off the job.

Cordes said Job and Family Services Director Mary Lou Golski told him that’s what happened when some workers left their desks about 9 a.m. Monday. The workers then went outside their North Ridge Road offices and held signs on a picket line in cold weather throughout the day.

The release said that Job and Family Services will be open for business with non-bargaining workers and anyone who chooses to show up for work handling services.

The dispute between the two sides has been deepening for months with union officials making appearances at commissioners’ meetings to complain about the treatment of workers, upgraded security measures at the agency and the law firm of Clemons Nelson, which is handling negotiations on behalf of the county.

“We need a contract that provides for productivity for the employer and provides a decent and respectful workplace for the employees,” Waingrow said.

The State Employment Relations Board also has weighed in with a fact-finding report issued in October that recommended the county’s wage increase offerings of 3 percent in the first year, 2.5 percent in the second year and 2.25 percent in the third year be accepted.

That was compatible with raises the county had given to other unions whose contracts were reviewed this year, the county argued. The report noted that consistency across contracts is an important factor to consider.

The report also noted that the union was seeking 3 percent increases for each year of the contract at the time the report was issued.

Both sides also have filed complaints against each other. The union last week accused the county of unfair labor practices, including allegations that Commissioner Ted Kalo had improperly discussed the dispute with a union member.

The county has suggested that the strike is improper because the union has been sending 10-day strike notices for some time. Cordes said the idea behind a strike notice is so an employer can prepare for a strike.

But he said the union has been issuing new strike notices on a daily basis, improperly putting the county on indefinite notice that a strike could happen at any time. Cordes argued that each new strike notice canceled out the previous one.

Because the last 10-day strike notice was issued Dec. 16, Cordes said, the union wasn’t entitled to walk off the job until Dec. 26.

A hearing on that issue is scheduled for Thursday in Columbus.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


  • bigmacky

    in this economy be thankful you have a job – there is a time and place for everything

    • Dave Sommers

      Exactly, esp in an area(from Lorain to Mentor) that has had the most jobs lost in the nation for the 8th quarter in a row.

    • Philip Verda

      Your kitty is cute, you on the other hand are an idiot.

  • Jennifer Williams

    What a joke! People who give you unemployment are not working. As if they really did? You ever call there your on the line forever! and they never call you back and for some reason stuff was always screwed up.

    • Jaqueline Diaz

      Did u ever stop to think there is more then just a couple people calling everyday some poeple call and talk longer then others that’s not customer services fult they HAVE TO STAY on the line as long as the person is asking questions now as far as you not getting a call back that’s your case workers fault so people should take it up with them and not with the people who are just there to help you find out what’s going on with your case ..changes to your case have nothing to do with customer service they have no control over that!!!

      • Jennifer Williams

        That is funny. It does not matter whether you call or go in. Still a waiting game. I am sorry this has always been an issue. You have a set appointment at 10 am lucky to get in by noon. You are probably out there picketing with them. If it were up to me let them walk there are ton of eligible people out there that can not answer a phone or return messages. But some people might feel generous to have a paying job and actually do it.

  • turd

    Keep it up! All that management had to do was what they said they were going to do. The management failed to do as they promised and now they have consequences.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    No striking on company property………………..go across the street………..

    • Brian_Reinhardt

      They should be on the tree lawn, NOT in the parking lot.

  • stephanei

    Striking for more money, to help out people who have no money..

    • banshee70

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees the irony in this…

  • therest_ofthestory

    Keep the workers and get rid of Kalo and Kokoski. They’re an embarrassment!

  • Yet_Another_Veteran

    Hmm…the people walking in are looking for work. The place where their walking in to are looking for people to replace the people striking – I have an idea!

    Yes, I know that not everyone has the qualifications to work there, but a fair percentage probably do!

    • WTFnext

      People walking in there are not looking for work. That is the welfare office not the unemployment office. People walking in there are looking for a handout.

      • Yet_Another_Veteran

        Same office dumbass

  • stop ur whining

    Anyone else find it interesting that the UAW was in on the negotiation? What does an autoworkers union have in common with jobs and family services?

    Unions, at their inception were needed as the working conditions were deplorable. Now, the pendulum has swung too far the other direction. Today Unions do nothing but protect those that can not take care of themselves. If you want more money, go get more education instead of waiting for someone to give you raises from nothing.

    • Mary Kathleen Donovan Springow

      The UAW does not just represent auto workers. We also represent people at Oberlin College as well…..there are many lines of work represented by different unions.

      • stop ur whining

        i was unaware of that.

        • steelworker

          Just like USW represents city of Lorain workers.

          • stop ur whining

            interesting.

      • Zen Grouch

        Well yeah…

        Once they devastated the auto industry in Lorain, the union leaders needed to get their dues where ever they can and to make the news when ever they can, so they’ll look relevant & viable.

      • John Davidson

        Anything for a buck.

  • Mary Kathleen Donovan Springow

    These people work hard and do a difficult job. They receive no breaks and 1/2 hour lunch. Many of them are very close to being able to receive the very benefits they administer! And when people complain about them being rude or anything, try dealing with some of the clientele they deal with! I worked there many years ago and it’s not easy! There are MANY issues involved here, not just economic. Listen to BOTH sides of the story before you comment. If you REALLY want to talk about money, let’s talk about what the administrator Mary Lou Golski makes! Or what Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski make for working part time! Once you find THAT out, then you’ll REALLY have something to complain about! Go take a look at what all of these so called management types are making…….you are in for a surprise…..then compare it to what the people that are actually doing the work are making….

    • Pablo Jones

      I believe commissioner pay is set by the state and is the same for out county commissioners. As public employees you can find out what the employees are making. Which full time worker is close to receiving benefits?

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Since you apparently know, how much do “these people” earn and how much for the admin and commissioners?

      • It has to stop

        Commissioners are around 75k-80k a year. Considered part time.

      • Jaqueline Diaz

        These people make a bs 11 $ !!!
        Wile case workes and supervisors sit in there offices all day making 15 or more an hr
        And leave all the dirty work to customer service mind you customers service representatives have to go through a lot more bs then case workers and supervisors they have no protection the don’t have hour breaks anymore they can’t even use the bathroom and make a call on a five min stretch break and If your thinking why should they be on the phone during a break hmm beacuse they do have a life out side of work like everyone else does and they don’t recive any benefits even if they have kids so u tell me if that’s fair wile supervisors get a raise every year !! THESE PEOPLE are women/men who work even harder and put up with crap from half the county everyday …they deserve better…

        • banshee70

          $11 is NOT bullshit…it’s almost $4 ABOVE minimum wage. And they are striking over a lousy 19 cents per hour. Sorry, but I’d be danged grateful to be earning $11/hour in this state right now and sure as heck wouldn’t complain about it.

          • dion

            you would want a job with pay to raise your family and a union to protect you from management.get real

          • banshee70

            They have jobs that pay well above minimum wage, and they’re griping over 19 cents. You get real. :)

          • Philip Verda

            They also went to college to get the credentials to hold those jobs. Try it banshee70 instead of being lazy and bitching about your lot in life.

          • banshee70

            Who’s griping about their lot in life? Not me. As for me, I did attend college, Einstein. Did very well, too…averaged mostly A’s and a few B’s. So before you go assuming things about people, you might want to get your facts straight.

        • stillsleepyeyes

          they could always get another job paying more?????

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          You are pulling my leg, right? I mean with those spelling errors and poor grammar? Please tell me your reply was just a joke. Please!

          • Jaqueline Diaz

            how I choose to use my words is my problem not yours obviously you read every bit and understood right??? Obviously you have nothing to say about my Comment if you’re trying to make comments about my grammar !! Please that!!! AND NO MY COMMENT WAS DEFINITELY NOT A JOKE I KNOW EVERY THING THEY GO THROUGH MY MOTHER HAS BEEN WORKING THER OVER EIGHT YEARS … NO CHANGE AT ALL! !!
            AND IF TOY DINT LIKE IT THEN THAT’S TO BAD FOR YOU! !! :)

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Thanks for “‘esplaining” all dat sheet to me, beeotch. LMFAO

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            I really hope your mother is better educated, though I suspect…

          • Jaqueline Diaz

            Its typos from my phone you idiot
            Stop being so ignorant and childish and grow up smh
            Talking about my mother makes your An ignorant a** h***
            Do me a favor and get a life with your ride self ugh disgusting! !!!

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Too funny. You can’t make this kind of stuff up. LMAO

          • Jaqueline Diaz

            Too bad they won !!!
            HATER
            lmfao
            Now u can be mad :)
            Have a great day hahaha

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Who won what?

          • Pablo Jones

            And when the levy that provides half their budget gets voted down because people in the region can’t afford to pay more half will be laid off.

          • Dave Sommers

            Hi, no comments lately I see. What’s a matter does the cat have your tongue? I was enjoying your posts since they were entertaining. Have a nice day!

    • Think_about_it

      Not all clientele is rude so there is no need for the workers there to be snotty and rude….and even if the clientele was hard to deal with, that is no excuse for the workers to get like they are. For crying out loud they are supposed to be professional -not mean!!! Every time I have been there or on the phone with someone who works there, they get real short with you and don’t even let you finish what you need to say and they cut you off and talk over you no matter how polite you are to them….that place is a joke. Also, they want the clientele to get paper work and verifications in by a certain deadline, yet the workers can take as long as they like getting things in order for your case with no consequences…and not everyone on assistance is milking it either so that is no excuse to treat people like they do there. The economy still sucks so you would think they would be more understanding but they aren’t because they can feed their families while the rest of us struggle just to get by. They don’t care about anyone but themselves and it shows. Flat out. They need to hire people who are on assistance and get on track! The lines inside are long as hell and only one or two windows open…let people who are waiting in line get back there and help and see how smooth things start running then. Some of us would love a job! They sure picked a fine time to do this when its the middle of winter and right before the holidays when people tend to struggle the most. If you people don’t want to do your jobs then let the clientele get trained and work there and get the jobs they need!

      • Philip Verda

        You are an idiot thank you for opening your mouth and proving it.

        • Barbara Radke

          Not nice Philip.

      • Fabium Phoenix Cleveland

        I’m the middle man. I get benefits as well as work for these folks in the Northridge building as a cleaner for over three years. All of the case workers are not snotty. Most of them is very kind folks if you get to know them. Alot of people like yourself that think these workers only care for themselves don’t know how much pressure is on these folks to helps all of thier clients and what all goes along with what they do to help folks like you get your benefits. So unless your in thier shoes when it comes to thier jobs you shouldn’t judge them. They don’t have unlimited time to care for your case they have 30 days. Add that to all the people that each worker has to care for on a daily basis. Just because thier job isn’t hard labor don’t mean it’s not stressful and on top of that they only get one 30 minute break and a short 10 minute break if I’m not mistaken. And as for me these people has been more than kind to me and treat me like one of thier own. @ Think_about_it You wouldn’t last one day doing these people’s job!

        • dion

          we do not get no breaks .we work 8 hrs per day with 2 three minutes stretches.we get one half hr lunch unpaid.just wanted to correct that so people know what we go through with management.we go by rules and regulations people don’t like to follow .they need to not say anything unless you know for a fact what goes on in there.management is lying and so are commissioners.

          • banshee70

            Then perhaps you should call the paper and give them your side…

          • Pablo Jones

            Why should the tax payers pay for your lunch? Are they working lunches? Are you taking phone calls while you eat? What next you will ask to get paid for coming in late and leaving early?

          • banshee70

            They’ll probably want to get paid for time driven to and from work next, plus gas mileage.

      • dion

        you don’t know what goes on in there or what the workers goes through.workers in there were once like you.they got a education and got a job there.you need to look up what a union is .

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          “they got a education”

          Seriously, tell me this is a big joke. They got a? OMG

          • banshee70

            I’m willing to bet that dion is Jaqueline’s mom…

        • stillsleepyeyes

          Well now if they got them a education………….then they could probably get them another job if they don’t like the position they are in……

    • Corinne Jaenke

      in my opinion if these people are close to need benifits they work to give they need to learn not to live beyond their means. I own a home pay all my bills ontime care for all of my pets and I make less than they do. Sorry folks but making 36K a year you can make it work. so you’re statement is silly. they also should not get paid breaks. I am ok with the raises… I am ok with asking for a little more vacation time. but if you are not working you should not get paid.

  • Pablo Jones

    Wow one of the complaints by the union is that they have undue hardship due to the increase in their healthcare premium. This could be a legitimate complaint, everyone knows healthcare costs go up. But what is shocking is that they only pay 10% of their healthcare premium. So their premium has gone up maybe $10 a month? They also want a lump sum payment made to them. Sort of a bonus for not leaving their job, between $1750 and $3,000. They say they need this money or they could leave and find employment else where. I say let them go look, if they can find better paying jobs let them go. But I doubt they will.

  • John Davidson

    The unions wanted Obama and his health care. Well you have him, now live with it. The continual increases have to stop someplace. Nobody gave me an increase this year or a fat check because I have worked someplace for 15 years.

    • Mary Kathleen Donovan Springow

      Have you even read about the UAW and AFL/CIO on the Affordable Health Care Act? We don’t support it!

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Really?

        UAW statement on House vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

        07/11/12

        DETROIT – The UAW was deeply disappointed that the House voted today to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The UAW has had a long and proud history of supporting quality health care coverage for all Americans.

        “Health care is a fundamental human right to which all Americans are entitled,” said UAW President Bob King. “Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would condemn millions of Americans to live – or die – without health care coverage.”

        http://www.uaw.org/articles/uaw-statement-house-vote-repeal-affordable-care-act

        • Mary Kathleen Donovan Springow

          Do some reading, we support the intent of the act but not the act as it’s written. Larry, we already know that you support nothing that is done by Democrats.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Then please explain this statement, because it appears to support the act. Especially since it says “repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be a step backward…working to expedite its implementation…as swiftly as possible.”

            “Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be a step backward, one with devastating consequences for our nation. Instead of repealing the ACA, Congress should be working to expedite its implementation in order to provide health care coverage to the tens of millions of uninsured Americans as swiftly as possible,” King added.

          • Pablo Jones

            Well that is typical, “We like the intent, for everyone else, but not us.” They wanted to burden other people so they would need the benefits of a union. But they didn’t like what it would do to their plans so they wanted exemptions. Wait till cities and unions have to pay the luxury tax for their great plans.

          • Joe Smith

            The intent was to force people into a single payer system so the Gov has more control over the people, its working just perfectly for that goal.

      • John Davidson

        Obama ran on the Affordable Health Care Act and the Unions were all for him and the act. Now you have it and of course you don’t support it, most Americans don’t. That’s what you get for listening to Nancy Pelosi when she said you will have to pass it to find out what’s in it. Also you like the lie “You can keep your plan if you like it.” So now you don’t support it but you did.

    • Tommy Peel

      What does Obama and the ACA have to do with this strike?

      • John Davidson

        They are complaining about the increase in their health care payments. The whole economy is lousy because of Obama. Can’t blame Bush any more.

        • Tommy Peel

          The whole economy isn’t Obama’s fault. We were getting out of the hole, despite the tea party republicans obstructing anything that was proposed. heck the shut down cost the economy $24billion.

          • Pablo Jones

            What magical bill would have turned the economy around? What was stopped? Immigration reform?

          • Tommy Peel

            I was responding to the comment that the whole economy is lousy because of Obama,there isn’t any magical bill that will turn the economy around, Its going to take alot of years to get it back into shape, We were in a recession. Have you ever heard of the”American Jobs Act?

          • Pablo Jones

            The recession ended in 2009, it’s 4 years later now. You said “the tea party republicans obstructing anything that was proposed.” So tell me what was proposed that the Republican’s blocked that would have improved the economy?

            Many of the items in the American Jobs Act were passed separately or blocked by Republican’s and Democrats. I like that President Obama said none of those programs would add a dime to the national Debt. And here we are $6 trillion dollars more in debt.

          • Pablo Jones

            FYI. $24 billion is less than 2/10s of 1% of the US economy and less than 7/10s of 1% of the Federal spending. Even if they didn’t receive their back pay and didn’t spend it when they got it or pay their bills, Any impact on the economy would be unnoticeable.

          • Tommy Peel

            Every little bit counts.

  • GreatRedeemer

    The public sector is not feeling the healthcare pain that the private
    sector is. Most people now are seeing higher deductibles, increased premiums
    and lost benefits. An employer offering some kind of Heath Savings plan with
    $2500- $10,000 deductibles and one free
    visit per year is becoming the norm.

    Why in the world should public sector employees enjoy
    benefits such as $5- $10 prescriptions, $20 doctor visits etc…

    Wake up and smell the coffee already.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Public sector unions? BIZARRO WORLD!

  • Zen Grouch

    **“We need a contact that provides for productivity for the employer and
    provides a decent and respectful workplace for the employees,” he said.**

    …what a load.

  • Pablo Jones

    So there was a no strike clause in their former contract, but since their former contract is no longer in place they can strike. Well if the employees can do what they want now, I think they should no longer get their longevity pay, vacation, and sick leave.

  • Bill Soplata

    There is a Simple Solution for this….. Permanently Replace them…..

    • Philip Verda

      You are a moron, someone should replace you

      • stillsleepyeyes

        wow such a wise person you are…………………..with your second grade name calling………………….bahahahahahahaha

        • Philip Verda

          I happen to be a college professor and I call them as I see them.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Part time business instructor at a community college? Do you teach your students to be disrespectful when in conversation?

          • Jaqueline Diaz

            Obviously your disrespectful since you like to judge so your no one to talk about disrespect !!!

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            you’re not your
            (please tell me she is playing a big joke on me)

          • banshee70

            i guess your employer needs to see your comments here, then. Do you treat your students like this?

          • Dave Sommers

            Nice, I like it! Ouch!

          • Zen Grouch

            Do they hand out the title “Professor” at community colleges in lieu of pay?

      • dion

        get real .you don’t know anything

    • dion

      get real

  • bigmacky

    of course I am an idiot – I haven’t had a raise in almost 6 years yet I continue to go to work each and every day – union or not – timing is essential – look at the Strongsville teachers – held that city “hostage” for what? money – even though they said that wasn’t the issue – its always about the money – wake up people and forget the party lines of D or R – common sense apparently died back in the 50′s.

  • Terri

    Maybe if they actually WORKED, I may have some sympathy. They are rude to the people they are supposed to help and treat them like dirt. Get people who actually WANT to work and care!

    • Jaqueline Diaz

      They do more then supervisors so who you people should be mad at is them not customer service!!!

      • Dave Sommers

        Well your spelling and grammar are below average. Maybe that has something to do with your complaining.

        • Jaqueline Diaz

          I’m not complaining I’m telling what’s real and and if thou don’t like my spelling then don’t read what I have to say I can care less !!! :)

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            I believe you meant you “couldn’t care less” not “can care less”. Please think about it.

          • Jaqueline Diaz

            Stfu

          • Dave Sommers

            Sorry about that! :-)

  • banshee70

    I’d be happy as hell if I were making $15/hour. You’d think that seeing the people who come in there needing help, they’d be a little more grateful to even have a job! Crying over not getting a 4.78% raise when offered 3%… Geesh. I’d take the 3% and be grateful as heck!

    • Jaqueline Diaz

      They do not make 15 $ and hr sorry to tell you !!
      Coming from the daughter of one of thoes workers !!!!

      • banshee70

        But I bet they make over minimum wage! :)

        • Jaqueline Diaz

          Of course because its a county job …not mcdonalds!!

          • Pablo Jones

            You can view what their contract says they should make and the benefits they receive including longevity pay.

            http://www.serb.ohio.gov/sections/research/WEB_CONTRACTS/10-MED-06-0821.pdf

          • dion

            longgevity you got to be kidding .we get 1penny longevity.get real and know your facts

          • Pablo Jones

            Once again it is all in the contract. Are you saying the contract wasn’t being followed?

    • Philip Verda

      Banshee70 if you knew anything about math, they said the average wage. So they take the very large salaries made by the supervisors and average them in with the union workers and it artificially inflates the number, to make the county look good. Even you should be able to understand that.

  • Jacob Troxtell

    This is quite funny. They end the story on the Morning Journal with “We are not getting greedy.” Guilty conscience? Unions are practically a corporation nowadays. I thought unions were designed for people with harsh working conditions, not people who work 9-5 and push paper. If that were the case, why don’t the 95% of real jobs have unions backing them? I thought this was capitalism, where you have control of your own outcome, and not working for not getting your way. Make yourself more valuable! Less of what you FEEL like you deserve.

  • brett melson

    The director had a associate there that made around $100000 before he retired. She let him come back as a consultant to make just as much while he collected his retirement. This got out and she had to let him go (this was just recent, do a search on past published articles). Also, she just got a massive camera security system installed in the JFS, and hired multiple security guards only because she feared the workers would strike (so she could hardly say that they were not expecting it). It goes on and on. I see no shortage of money on that end. I’m sure that $100000 could cover almost every ones raise. Did everyone forget that the whole management team got a sufficient raise? It’s not about the workers wanting more money or this or that, its about being treated fairly. So everyone else is allowed to have a raise which should include cost of living, but not them? I see so many people complain about them making so much money at $15 an hour, but half those people have degrees from colleges, or have been working there for a long time. I’m willing to bet very, very few people could qualify to do what they do, and if they did, they could not do the job because they could not put up with the rude people that come in. Next time someone calls the workers rude, lazy, ect., they should take a long look past them and look at the management and commissioner. I can promise you that you would not want them handling clients cases. It is simple, if they can not give their own workers a decent compensation they sure as hell are not going to give anyone that needs public assistance a benefit.

  • loveoneanother

    “Rounding out the list in 10th place is Mary Lou Golski, director of
    Lorain County Job and Family Services. She earned $114,192 in 2012″. (Chronicle article referring to Lorain County employee wages from Feb.24, 2013). Her wages and the fact that she’s nearing retirement could explain her lack of understanding, when it comes to clients and employees. Efficiency starts with the Administration.

  • isupportworkers

    For those of us that work for a county/state agency, we too are torn about our opinions and respect for the governement. These jobs are necessary for the community, your community. I am surprised that some of you would not want their fellow community members to earn a living wage. You would rather tear them down for working every day to make sure children don’t go hungry and their parents don’t go homeless. Try supporting them. If you struggle, they support you. In my county, the workers are told they have 3 minutes on the call line and have to get off the phone or they can be disciplined. The people that are in charge make the rules that push quantity and not quality. The standards come from above, not from the staff answering the calls. The staff want to help, but have certain goals they must meet to keep their jobs too. It is a vicious circle. In my understanding of unions, they do not get raises like everyone else. The unions became important in governement because government is all about politics and who you know. The employees wanted fairness. They did not want their raise to depend on who they knew, how they were treated, and who they voted for….fairness. Times have changed, but it doesn’t mean people, your people, do not deserve to be treated fairly. It’s a thankless job. We do a thankless job as well. I just want to say that I support these workers and am proud that they stood up for themselves and each other. It seems there are enough in the community who do not. Good Luck!

    • Zen Grouch

      “In my county, the workers are told they have 3 minutes on the call line
      and have to get off the phone or they can be disciplined.”

      I find this difficult to believe.

      Exactly which county and department are you talking about?

      • isupportworkers

        I actually work for a different agency, but am associated and as well the union pres for mine. They have been kicked down so many times and in our county the Tea Party controls the politics. The Union tries, but you shouldn’t have to put common sense in a contract like that. The newest leaders are the one’s who are making the rules like this and the contract is silent because they never had to deal with it before. Very sad that you would have to negotiate over being permitted to treat clients with respect and help them with their issues in over three minutes, right? We are seeing non-sensicle policies like this too and harming our ability to do our jobs effectively. For those who complain about the workers, they should be inspired and not be satisfied themselves if their wages are not what they should be. You have to stand up for yourselves!

    • Jaqueline Diaz

      :)

  • Jaqueline Diaz

    I SUPPORT THEM 100%
    DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO STAND Up FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE
    ♡♡♡

    • Joe Smith

      I hope they get fired, a lot of people would love to have their jobs right now.

      • Jaqueline Diaz

        Too bad for you :)
        They won anyway :)

        • Joe Smith

          Too bad for everybody, I guess when I hear about them not doing a good job I should now call and make complaints about them getting paid so much and not doing their jobs, thanks for the idea

  • Brandy Lynn

    They were going to get a raise every year….so they are on strike for a little more of a raise and paid lunches? really…. You’re lucky you’re even getting a raise, and every year too. But paid lunches? Get over yourselves, who should pay you to eat? Blah

    • Philip Verda

      Brandy Lynn thank you for showing us how stupid and uninformed you are. The workers have not had a raise in over 3 years, but with their portion of healthcare going up, they actually took a pay cut each year. Know what your are talking about or SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!

      • banshee70

        Don’t you have some papers to go grade or something better to do than insult people for no reason?

      • Brandy Lynn

        LOL Philip, boo-freaking-hoo, what makes them so special??? Most people that are working that very much deserve a raise DO NOT GET ONE in many years. Health insurance is going up for EVERYONE! Like I said, no one should get paid to eat. They were getting a raise regardless – lets cry over it.

        • Dave Sommers

          Brandy Lynn, Thank you for being you! :-)