Butler County to hire new social workers amid strike

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Butler County claims it has no choice but to hire new employees while social workers go on strike.

The county made its final offer Wednesday night but received no response from the union.

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Earlier this week Butler County commissioners hosted a job fair in Fairfield to replace those workers.

The union has been walking a picket line to raise awareness about the fight with the county. They're asking for pay increases and for the county to fill vacant spots.

Union officials say there have been eight to 20 vacancies at all times for over two years.

County officials said that the new hires will take the place of the union workers if the strike continues.

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