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Day 2 of strike, union says dispute affecting appointments
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A strike of social service workers in Butler County went into its second day on August 19th, 2014.
As the pickets continue, questions come up about how local families could be affected. While county officials said no appointments have been missed, the union said things weren't running that smoothly.
The striking social workers continued to pick up support from the sidewalk to the street. Union leaders came armed with documents showing a disparity in the pay raises received by supervisors versus social workers. While pay was behind the walkout the strikers also claimed there were 29 adoptions currently awaiting an administrative signature. However, those overseeing the adoptions were walking the picket lines.
Kelly Sowder works in adoptions for Children Services and is an adoptive parent herself. The union claimed those adoptions were on hold-while the children anxiously await going to a new family.
A county spokesperson confirmed there were 29 cases in the adoption pipeline but said they were proceeding and there would be no delays.
The union claimed those social workers who decided to continue working have been told not to go near the picket line or they will be locked out. The county said it has no knowledge of that.
The county is filling the void left by striking workers by hiring some new permanent employees. Supervisors are also handling cases.
So far no new contract talks are scheduled.
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