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Butler Co. children services holds job fair in advance of planned strike

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BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A planned strike by children services workers has prompted Butler County officials to hold a job fair today.

FOX19's Gordon Graham tells us the number of applicants exceeded expectations. 

Within the first hour of the job fair Butler County Job and Family services received more than 100 applications for the social worker positions which is an indication of just how tough the job
market is.

They're applying for 20 permanent and 40 temporary positions as social workers, family resource specialists and administrative assistance...and some of these applicants actually have the necessary
background.

Caroline Geraci says she's been looking for work since graduating college in May.

"I recently got my masters at the University of Toledo in social work so I'm just looking for a job to get in the field," she said.   

Abdoulaye Ba has a degree in computer networking and a military background.

"My social working experience is just dealing with soldiers. I was in the service and I had troop that depended on me so I usually help them with any issue they have with their family back home," she said. 

In addition to hiring more staff job Butler County Administrator Charles Young says Job and Family Services is also implementing some major changes.

"We've worked through a lot of process issues, we've changed some of our processes. We're looking to do more changes in how we bring people in when we make initial contact. Bringing services to bear earlier in that process," said Young. 

Meanwhile the Butler County Children Services Independent Union issued a statement about the job fair which reads in part: "The union is concerned with the quality of applicants that could be potentially hired on the spot. background screenings, drug tests and reference checks are all required pre-employment. On the spot hiring appears to be an impulsive response to a situation that could be resolved through good faith negotiation."

The union plans a picket and strike August 18 over wage and other issues. 

By the time the job fair ended at 2 p.m. more than 300 people had submitted applications and at least three people were offered social worker positions right on the spot.

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