September 20, 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.


  • GreatRedeemer

    As a taxpayer of Lorain county I say let them stand out
    there bring in additional county workers to man the phone or have the IT
    department transfer the call to another department.

    They administer the county OWF program bring the welfare
    workers in, they can learn a skill and answer the phones.

  • zdubb78

    Really shows how much they care for the people they help…….to dump them to the curb at Christmas time…….REAL NICE.
    People should be happy to have a job!!!!!

  • zdubb78

    I see Councilman DingleBerry……out there …supporting striking and abandoning your job

  • ExVaultDweller

    Typical bureaucrats…

  • Rosa Garcia-Gee

    It is sad to hear that contract agreements could not be reached. I personally feel Clemons Nelson, which is handling negotiations on behalf of the county let both the workers and the county down. I pray for all involved that this gets worked out in a timely fashion.

  • John Davidson

    These are the same people shouting that the Republicans shut down the government over Obamacare.

    • Tommy Peel

      I think the people out there striking and the management are dems and repubs.

  • stop ur whining

    sure picked a fine week to stand outside. haha