YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – After eight years of wage freezes, union workers with the Mahoning County Children’s Services agency will soon have a new contract.
Mahoning County Children Services Executive Director Randy Muth told County Commissioners Thursday morning that both the CSB Board and members of the Communications Workers of America, which represent’s the agency’s 98 union workers, recently approved the new three-year agreement.
Muth says the agency had been suffering from job loss the last several years, including three in March.
Muth claimed that in many cases, starting salaries in other counties are six to eight thousand dollars higher than Mahoning County. He said the new agreement will set higher base wage levels with maximums achieved after fifteen years of service–but the agency will still spend less than what was spent in 2004.
The CSB has an annual budget of $15 million and is funded through a tax issue earmarked specifically for the agency, as well as through state and federal grants. It receives nothing from the county’s general fund budget.