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County Employees Threaten Strike
Thu August 16, 2012
Marion County Workers Threaten Strike
More than 700 employees of Oregon's fifth largest county could vote later this month to go on strike. The Marion County Employee Association says it's scheduled a strike vote for August 30.
The Salem-based union has been working without a contract since the end of June.
Union member Sara Fillion works at the public health department. She says the county's offer would be the second contract in a row without a cost of living adjustment.
Fillion: "There's only so much room in a family's budget to make cuts before middle class families have to cut out the essentials. So Marion County employees are feeling the pinch."
Marion County spokeswoman Jolene Kelley says the proposal does include merit raises, which she says the majority of employees receive. Kelley says the county hopes to avoid a strike. But she says county services would continue uninterrupted if the workers walk off the job.
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