Members of UAW Local 2192 are picketing outside of the Lorain County Department of Jobs and Family Services office this morning.
The workers haven’t had a contract since the last three-year pact expired Sept. 15, 2016, and mediation was scheduled last week to address differences, with the most recent mediation session Sunday.
“We’re pretty far apart,” said chairwoman Kelly Fields.
At a Lorain County commissioners meeting Sept. 13, labor leaders accused the county of bad faith in negotiations, and two days later, the union filed a 10-day strike notice with the State Employment Relations Board. The 10 days expired at 12:01 a.m. today, and the employees went on strike. The UAW represents 155 workers at the department.
A post on the department’s Facebook page said the department is at one third of its normal staffing level, and customers should expect delays.
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