CLEVELAND, OH – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today joined a bi-partisan coalition including Ohio State Senators Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Peggy Lehner (R- Kettering), State Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township), Todd Smith (R-Farmersville), and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton), along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, in urging the Montgomery County Commissioners and Child Services Employees to work together to stop the workers strike and agree to contract with fair wages. Recently, the Montgomery County Children Services employees and social workers walked out of work due to a contract negotiation dispute. Because work stoppages impact the quality of public services that can be offered to families, the lawmakers are respectfully requesting both parties to reach an agreement, resolve all differences and end this strike as soon as possible.
The officials released the joint statement below:
“Montgomery County Children Services employees and social workers perform critical services for families and children, and their jobs are made even more difficult due to the addiction crisis. We respectfully urge all sides to come back to the table and work in good faith to come to an agreement that best serves workers and the community.”
Brown has separately introduced legislation, the Family First Transition and Support Act (FFTSA), which would increase funding for a grant program to boost support services for caseworkers such as those employed by Montgomery County Child Services.