By Lori Jennings
On April 22, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Pavan Parikh and the employees of the Clerk’s Office Auto Title Division signed a collective bargaining agreement for the first time. The 3-year contract was in negotiation for 3 months and covers 28 employees.
Workers will be represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Ohio Council 8. This is the second group of employees to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts office. The 37 Bailiffs employed by the Clerk’s office who provide courtroom security and supervise set outs following court ordered evictions voted to unionize in 2017 and signed their first collective bargaining agreement in 2018. The bailiffs are also represented by AFSCME.
Upon signing the contract, Clerk Pavan Parikh stated, “We support our employees’ right to organize. It was clear from my first day in office that as an administration we enjoy a positive relationship with our employees and with AFSCME. I made it a priority to ensure a smooth negotiation process, and I’m proud to say we accomplished this in only three months.”
Employees bargained for a contract that will maintain many of the positive changes they have experienced in the past 5 years, including clearly defined work rules and increased pay. They negotiated a step structure that guarantees pay increases in the second and third years of the contract, and an adjustment to working hours which will increase the open hours of the Seven Hills Auto Title office by 30 minutes on Saturdays.
“This contract is a win for us and for our employees who perform a vital service to Hamilton County and the surrounding areas,” stated Shawna Derrenkamp, Chief of the Title & Passport Services Division.
Auto Title Lead Clerk and AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Local 3894 President Latoya Lewis shared, “AFSCME Local 3894 is excited to continue our growing relationship with the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. Employees from the Auto Title Division are the latest group that organized for a real voice around safer working conditions, pay, and benefits. Negotiating and ratifying this contract gives us hope that we will continue to have a positive and collaborative working relationship with the Auto Title Division and the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts.”