Child support workers rally over wages

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Union workers at the Mahoning County Child Support Enforcement Agency rallied outside their Oakhill Renaissance Place offices on Wednesday, calling for equal treatment and a fair contract.

The workers are represented by AFSCME Local 3577. They are negotiating a contract and have agreed on pension contributions, but in return they want raises because other county workers got the same deal.

“They say there’s a deficit, but management in our agency over the last couple years have gotten large percentage raises and now there’s no money for the workers,” said Janette Droney, president of AFSCME Local 3577.

“We’re not asking to put more money in our members’ pockets. We’re asking to do what they have done with 18 other county agencies, including their own employees, including the management of this agency. We just want to break even, to make that happen,” said Jack Filak, AFSCME regional director.

County commissioners said the child support agency’s expenses exceed income by $260,000 and they can’t afford pay increases.

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