Striking social workers back on the job

Butler County Children Services. (Photo/WLWT)
Butler County Children Services. (Photo/WLWT)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – Social services workers have ended a strike of about three weeks and returned to their jobs at a children services agency in southwestern Ohio.

The union president says about 45 workers returned to work at the Butler County Children Services agency on Tuesday without a contract agreement. That ended a strike that began Aug. 18 over wages.

Union president Rebecca Palmer says workers decided to return to serve the families that need their services.

But Palmer says they still hope a mutually agreeable contract can be worked out.

County Administrator Charles Young says the county is pleased workers returned. He says the county cannot afford salary increases but continues to offer $550 lump sum payments to workers over three years.

Young says the county will continue to negotiate with employees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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