Montgomery County Children Services and the Professionals Guild of Ohio (PGO), the union representing Children Services staff, passed a historic three-year contract agreement.
“Our PGO members are critical to the success of our Montgomery County Children Services Division,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission President. “We can’t thank them enough for their collaboration during this negotiation process. Children Services’ success hinges on greater collaboration -- both in the community and within the agency. This new contract has us off to a great start.”
“Our members have challenging jobs in the best of times, and we are thrilled to have a three-year contract that provides them with stability during these trying times,” said PGO President Jane Hay. “Ultimately, what matters most is protecting children and serving families, and our members are committed to doing just that. We look forward to working with the management team at Children Services and the County to create a brighter future for those we serve. Kudos to my team for their dedication to our PGO members and the children and families that they serve.”
The new contract, which runs through March of 2023, provides PGO members with a $750 lump sum signing bonus for 2020, a 1 percent pay increase in 2021, and a 2 percent increase in 2022. It also increases tuition reimbursement from $2,300 to $3,500 per year, along with expanding bereavement leave to include aunts and uncles. Changes were incorporated into the After-Hours Worker policy to help ensure more effective operations. Additionally, Management Rights were enhanced for disciplinary issues and investigations.
“With this agreement, we are embarking on a partnership that will allow us to make key investments and execute a new strategic vision for Montgomery County Children Services,” said County Administrator Michael Colbert. “I would like to thank the PGO leadership team, especially PGO President Jane Hay, who worked tirelessly to ensure that we could achieve a common goal that is in the best interest of our employees and the children of our community.”
Contract discussions began in late February but were delayed due to the pandemic.