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Ohio Turnpike Workers Reach Tentative Contract

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Turnpike workers announced Monday that they reached a tentative agreement with the Ohio Turnpike Commission on a three-year contract.

Workers will vote on the agreement by mail over the next three weeks.

"I think it's a fair deal and the negotiating team overwhelmingly endorsed the package," union president Gary Tiboni said.

Teamsters Local 436 voted last month to authorize a strike if talks for a new labor agreement fail to produce a contract. The strike authorization was a first for the bargaining unit's 600 full-time and 300 part-time workers.

The local represents toll collectors and maintenance workers on the highway that stretches 241 miles across northern Ohio.

There were 17 bargaining sessions since talks began May 28, a few weeks after the Teamsters took over as the union for the workers.

Tiboni had said one issue the union wanted to address was giving part-time workers the chance to fill full-time positions paying about $5 more per hour for the same work. Only about half of the applicants for the full-time jobs are successful. Full-time ticket-takers earn $18 to $19 an hour.

He said Monday he could not discuss details of the tentative agreement until after the vote.

"We were able to address the major needs we were concerned with," he said.

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