Forty-one of the 51 staff members of the Perry County Department of Jobs and Family Services went on strike after a two-month saga with department administrators. Earlier this year, administrators informed the staff that health insurance costs would rise by a 24.6-percent increase. Employees were told they would have to pay higher deductibles and prescription costs even though they're covered under a union plan that mandates they receive equal or better coverage. Several negociation attempts failed since August 9 and now both sides are in a stalemate. A skeletal crew was working today, but administrators say they will bring in more workers in the near future. Meanwhile, mediators have been contacted to rectify the situation.