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Youngstown, Ohio - Workers who collect child support payments for parents in Mahoning County protested what they call massive raises for managers.

Workers with AFSCME Local 3577 held signs saying, "Big raises for managers, none for workers."

The union says it has been working to negotiate a fair contract for 53 workers who collect child support for children in Mahoning County. What they want is for union members to pay their pension pick up cost of about 9.5% in exchange for raises to offset that cost.

Jeanette Groney, president AFSCME Local 3577, said, "What we asked for was not a raise. We asked for the same as 18 other Mahoning County agencies got which is the PERS flip. Which is basically they flip the money into wages and we pay our own PERS."

Jack Filak, regional director of AFSCME Council 8 said, "We're not asking for an increase that puts money in our members pockets. We're asking to break even here and do what they have done for all these other groups."

The union members protesting say raises for just one manager at the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services was around $28,000 and the raises for the four managers would have more than paid for what the entire group is asking for. 

But the president of the Mahoning County Commission says those individuals were given promotions with different job responsibilities, so therefore the raises.

Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler says in addition, the fact finder recommended an additional three paid personal days a year, so it would have cost taxpayers even more money.

Ditzler said, "The total package of the fact finders deal was in excess of $75,000. So there department was already in a $260,000 deficit at the time, so it didn't make sense to add to the deficit."

The union says it offered to drop the personal days, but the county has not responded.

 

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