December 18, 2014

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Job and Family Services strike continues into second day

Gina Jones, of Lorain, pickets Tuesday evening at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services in Elyria Township. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Gina Jones, of Lorain, pickets Tuesday evening at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services in Elyria Township. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — The strike continued at the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday.

Lorain Councilman Joshua Thornsberry, I-8th Ward, meets with Monica Borges and Michelle Ramos, both of Lorain, and Ruthie Burks, of Elyria, on Tuesday evening as the women picketed outside the agency.

Lorain Councilman Joshua Thornsberry, I-8th Ward, meets with Monica Borges and Michelle Ramos, both of Lorain, and Ruthie Burks, of Elyria, on Tuesday evening as the women picketed outside the agency.

Unionized workers at the agency walked off the job Monday as part of a long-running dispute with county commissioners over contract negotiations, and the union’s bargaining chairwoman, Kelly Fields, said workers continued their strike Tuesday.

Several phone calls were made to Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services, but those calls went unanswered.

County Administrator Jim Cordes said there were employees who remained on the job, including a management team. He did not have the number of employees who were on duty.

“They’re doing the best they can to man the phones,” he said.

Cordes said that Job and Family Services Director Mary Lou Golski reported to him that striking workers stopped helping clients at the agency when they walked off the job at about 9 a.m. Monday.

Fields previously had declined to comment on the strike or a news release from the county commissioners, which said the commissioners have been trying to reach a deal with the 164-member United Auto Workers Local 2192 since July.