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Mason schools drop controversial health plan | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

Mason City Schools will abandon the controversial TrueCost health plan after several grievances by teachers. The union representing teachers has filed a grievance over the plan, which the district imposed starting Jan. 1. It pays Medicare rates plus 40 percent. … Continue reading

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Youngstown News, Kasich remains mum on right-to-work initiatives

Kasich remains mum on right-to-work initiatives Published: Mon, December 31, 2012 @ 12:02 a.m. By Marc Kovac news@vindy.com COLUMBUS The 2012 Ohio legislative session ended with plenty of hot-button issues that will carry over into 2013. From union-opposed right-to-work initiatives to … Continue reading

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Foster up for Ohio superintendent job | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Foster up for Ohio superintendent job Former Duluth school district superintendent I.V. Foster is up for at least one other school leadership job these days. By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News TribuneFormer Former Duluth school district superintendent I.V. Foster is up for … Continue reading

Is Ohio next on right-to-work battlefront?

Indiana, where Charles Cain of Columbus, Ind., protested impending right-to-work legislation in January, was the first of the traditional Rust Belt states to limit union bargaining powers.

BGSU board gives Mazey 2% raise, ratifies police union contract; faculty protest not having contract – Toledo Blade

Catey Pioli, a Bowling Green State University graduate student, left, Scott Magelssen, an associate professor of theater, and Dian DePasquale, a graduate student and teaching assistant, join a large group of faculty members at a trustee meeting to protest the lack of a labor contract with the school. THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY

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County likely to approve union contract with pay raises today | The Columbus Dispatch

Employees of at least one county bargaining unit will have a little more spending money this holiday season after receiving a payout to cover a pay increase included in a new three-year contract.

The county commissioners are expected to approve a new contract on Tuesday for members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union that gives those employees a 1.5 percent pay bump retroactive to the beginning of this year, plus a 1.5 percent salary increase next year and a 2 percent increase in 2014.

The contract was finalized through mediation.

Employees also will each get a one-time ratification bonus of $100 each, and they also will be eligible for a years-of-service lump-sum payment of $175 for five or more years and $325 for 10 or more years.

While employees’ pay is going up, so are their health-care premiums.

Union members have been paying $60 a month for the employee and children, and $160 a month for the employee and a spouse. The new contract increases that amount to $95 per month for the employee and children and $195 for the employee and a spouse.

Health-care premiums are allowed to rise again in April 2013 and 2014 under the new contract.

The county payroll includes 179 members of AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO, Local 2049.

They work in county agencies such as Animal Care and Control, Public Facilities Management and Purchasing, and they have job titles as varied as custodial worker, printing technician, radio dispatcher, veterinary assistant, locksmith and electrician.

The retroactive pay and other one-time payments will cost the county about $210,000. Union employees will receive the money in their Dec. 14 paychecks. It will come out of each agency’s remaining 2012 payroll budget.

The 1.5 percent wage boost next year will cost the county an additional $103,000, which will have to be moved from the county’s reserve fund into each department’s budget before the overall county budget is finalized later this month.

via County likely to approve union contract with pay raises today | The Columbus Dispatch.