Dayton’s largest government union weighs new contract

Members of the city of Dayton’s largest union are expected to vote today on a new contract.

Employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8 Local 101 are casting votes through the evening on whether to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Right now, there are no plans to pursue a strike, even if members reject the contract proposal, according to a union official. The union has about 700 members from most city departments.

The union in early 2015 approved a three-year contract that provided pay raises but required working spouses of union members to use their employer-provided health care.

Details of today’s contract proposal were not immediately available.

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Dayton officials declined comment, saying negotiations are confidential under Ohio law.

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