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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Members of the Mathews Board of Education meet Wednesday to consider approval of a tentative contract agreement with the system's  bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodians.

After a previous tie vote on a contract offer from the board, the Ohio Association of Public School Employees voted on Tuesday to ratify the very same agreement.

OAPSE field representative Ronnie Blatt tells 21 News that members voted 17-to-9 in favor of the agreement.

Blatt says the  school board refused to further negotiate after the union's tie vote. "Most people realized the position the school district on funding from the state government wasn't good.  They felt they just had to work for the kids of this community and see what we can do next time." said Blatt.

Union members describe it as a concessionary contract since the say wages won't keep up with the cost of living.

The three year agreement includes a half percent raise in it's final year, and workers will have to pay more for their health care.

The school board meets at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to consider the agreement.

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