Contact: Richard Gerrein,
IUOE Local 20
1150 W. Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
For Immediate Release: August 20, 2021
IUOE LOCAL 20 REACHES AGREEMENT WITH HAMILTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS — Strike Averted
Local 20 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement upon a new labor agreement with the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. As a result, the strike, which was to commence this Sunday, August 21, 2021 has been averted.
IUOE Local 20 had served notice upon the County Commissioners of its intent to strike following the parties’ inability to reach agreement upon the key issue of wages after more than 1 ½ years. Following notice of its intent to strike, the County Commissioners increased their wage offer which was accepted by IUOE Local 20.
IUOE Local 20 Business Manager Rick Gerrein stated: “We are pleased that the strike was averted, and that our members received a wage increase taking them one step closer to full parity with employees of other comparable Cincinnati employers. More importantly, we are pleased that the public will continue to receive, without interruption, professional maintenance of County Buildings, including the HVAC systems so critical to ensuring safe air quality during the ongoing pandemic.”
IUOE Local 20 represents 23 separate bargaining units in the Greater Cincinnati area with a total membership of approximately 500. Employers include the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati, the Cities of Fairfield and Hamilton, and the Southwest Regional Water District. Visit us on the web at iuoe20.org.