Sides may be close to agree­ment

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Keith Reynolds

Lorain County com­mis­sion­ers and the mem­bers of United Auto Work­ers Lo­cal 2192 may be near­ing a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­lease from county ad­min­is­tra­tor James Cordes, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mis­sion­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the union met in the evening of Oct. 11 into the early morn­ing of Oct. 12 to dis­cuss a pos­si­ble con­tract for the about 160 mem­bers em­ployed by Lorain County Job and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

A con­tract has not been signed by the union, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The em­ploy­ees have been on strike since Sept. 25, af­ter op­er­at­ing with­out a con­tract for more than a year.

Ac­cord­ing to both par­ties, the sin­gle is­sue hold­ing up ne­go­ti­a­tions is the ques­tion of a spousal carve out or sur­charge.

The com­mis­sion­ers are seek­ing

a con­tract item that would force spouses of Job and Fam­ily Ser­vices em­ploy­ees who are able to get health in­sur­ance through their em­ploy­ers to not be on the county health plan.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the lat­est of­fer from the com­mis­sion­ers was a con­tract with­out the sur­charge pro­vi­sion.

The union said it would present the con­tract to its mem­ber­ship, the re­lease said.

Speak­ing to The Morn­ing Jour­nal later in the day Oct. 12, Kelly Fields, chair­per­son of the union, said she would not com­ment on any dis­cus­sions amongst the union mem­ber­ship.

“We need to work with the com­mis­sion­ers, and we need to work to ex­ist to­gether and this doesn’t need to be played out in the pa­per,” Fields said.


Lorain County Job and Fam­ily Ser­vice em­ployee Kim Steen­stra walks the picket line Oct. 12.

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