State Employees Contract Goes Into Effect

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Friday, March 7, 2003 - 02:19 PM
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A contract the delays pay raises for most state employees for two years and requires them to pay more for health care will go into effect – even though a majority of union votes were cast against it. The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association turned down the proposed three-year contract by a margin of 51 percent to 49 percent. But it was ratified because state law requires a 60 percent vote of union members to reject a contract. In separate balloting, state prison and youth detention workers rejected a fact finder’s proposal by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent. They must turn to an independent conciliator for a final resolution of their contract dispute. Ohio’s collective bargaining law bars state security employees from striking.

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