More money resolves SEIU gov't union strike

Erie County, PA's Children and Youth employees have ended their 12-day strike. They voted 68 to 11 Wednesday to accept a proposed contract that increases the lowest-paid workers' salaries 7.17 percent per year through 2010, to about $33,000.

Workers went on strike on Oct. 5, but left the picket line on Oct. 8 and agreed to return to work while talks resumed. The highest-paid unionized workers, who earn $50,135 a year, would see salaries increase to $60,619 by 2010.

Agency Executive Director Gary Lucht calls it a fair contract. The wage offer is retroactive to Jan. 1 and would expire in January 2010.


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