Contract Hamilton County hopes to avoid strike by welfare workers Hamilton County took a step today to try and head off a threatened strike next week by the county's welfare department workers. The commissioners voted to approve a three-year contract to replace one that expired on May tenth. Employees of Hamilton County's Department of Job and Family Services are to vote tomorrow night on whether to accept the deal. If not, they could go out on strike Monday morning. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union represents about one-thousand county workers who provide child protection, welfare, child support and employment services. Their current average hourly pay is $14.10. In response to a key union demand, the county commissioners voted two-to-one in favor of a provision to require up to 375 dollars a year in union-representation fees from new hires who don't join the union.