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Strike appears imminent for social workers

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- It appears social workers with children's services will walk off the job Monday August 13th, 2014.

They've let a deadline pass to respond to, what the county said, was a final offer.  That would put the care of almost 500 children in limbo.  County officials met with union leaders Wednesday in the hopes of reaching an agreement.  But the Butler County Administrator said he hasn't heard back from union leaders on the contract offer he describes as, "the county's best offer."

The county held a job fair earlier in August to fill 20 permanent and 40 temporary positions.  Pay and increased work loads were the major sticking points between the county and union representing the county social workers.  There are 127 social workers and since the county said it did not get a response on this final offer the county must start taking some steps to prepare for a strike from the union members.

Butler County Administrator, Charlie Young, said, "Unfortunately for us we can't wait until tomorrow, we can't wait till Friday, we can't wait till Saturday or Sunday.  We have to act now to put resources in place.  And so it's put us in a very difficult position."

Young said the county may be able to change a word here or there in the contract language but there weren't any big changes that could be made to that offer.

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