Overbrook employees OK new 3-year contract

MIDDLEPORT — Overbrook Rehabilitation Center and its employees have reached a contract settlement regarding wages for employees.

Carol Walters, coordinator for Ohio Healthcare Service Employees International Union District 1199 and spokesperson for the group, said a negotiating committee voted unanimously Thursday and Friday to accept a three-year agreement that will allow employees, starting July 1, to receive raises of 35 cents in their first year, 20 cents in the second year and a 3 percent raise in the third year.

After that, negotiations will have to be conducted for another three-year contract. Walters said this agreement allows increases to the shift and weekend differential, and allows an increase in Christmas gift certificates.

On June 10, off-the clock employees took to Pomeroy Parking Lot to bring awareness to their concerns regarding wage increases. Employees decided to be a “human billboard” as they carried signs through the parking lot. Their current contract expires June 30.

Overbrook Rehabilitation Center administration had no comment on the matter.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.