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Ohio Worker Reimbursement Scheduled

Ohio will pay tens of thousands of state workers this month to make up for personal days they gave up during the past two years to help balance the state budget.

Each full-time employee is receiving the equivalent of four days’ wages plus four sick days in exchange for eight personal days they agreed not to accrue under a 2009 union contract.

The contract was touted at the time by unions and Governor Ted Strickland’s administration for the concessions it contained. The contract saved about $400 million during the past two years. Even with the reimbursement, state employees saved the state money. “State employees still saved $250 million for the state over the life of the contract, and another $100 million in health care costs,” said Sally Meckling, a spokesperson for the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association.

Meckling said the payouts will average about $8 a week per employee over the rest of the four-year contract.

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