Striking school union files another complaint

Striking school unionfiles another complaint
SOUTHINGTON -- The Ohio Association of Public School Employees has filed another unfair labor practice claim against the school board.
The union, representing 15 bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries and custodians, hit the picket line Aug. 25, the first day of classes. Five of those workers had crossed the line and returned to work by last week.
The union contends in its filing Thursday that the district failed to pay OAPSE officers for hours worked before the strike began. It also says that Aug. 22, the school district issued a memorandum to bargaining unit employees telling them that they would be eligible to buy heath insurance. But to date, the district has "failed and refused" to provide information about the costs of maintaining their health coverage to the employees.
The union contends the school district has discriminated against OAPSE members because union members exercised their right to strike.
School district officials couldn't be reached.
The union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the school district in July after the school board implemented a contract. The union has refused to recognize that contract and says the school board won't negotiate. The State Employment Relations Board hasn't ruled on that charge.
Man receives head cut
NILES -- An Arlington Street man refused treatment for a cut to his head after a group of men threw a steering column at his car.
The 45-year-old man told police he was going to see a friend on Olive Street around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday when he pulled into the wrong driveway. A group of men began throwing items at his car and shouting obscenities before one of the men threw a steering column through his windshield.
Police are investigating.
Route 5 resurfacing
RAVENNA -- The Ohio Department of Transportation will accept comments until Sept. 22 on a plan to resurface state Route 5 from where it enters Trumbull County in Newton Township to the Market Street Exit, six miles east.
The $1.3 million project also includes repaving one mile of state Route 534 from the northern border of Newton Falls to Milton Boulevard.
Comments should be addressed to ODOT District 4 office in Ravenna.
MVSD meeting canceled
MINERAL RIDGE -- A special meeting of the directors of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District scheduled for noon today was canceled.
Training for tour guides
NILES -- The staff of the McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., will conduct training sessions at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 for volunteers to conduct tours of the McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Center, 40 S. Main St.
To register for training, call Patrick Finan, library director, at (330) 675-1704 ext. 204.
School board to meet
LORDSTOWN -- The board of education will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school media center.
The board will meet in executive session and may act to ratify a contract with the teachers union.
Home repair funding
GIRARD -- The city will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in council chambers to explained the 2003 Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP. The city has been allocated $550,000 to assist those qualified with home repairs, downpayments and upgrades to rental properties. The guidelines, locations of target areas, eligibility requirements and applications will be explained at the meeting.
Auto sales shop gets OK
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a conditional use permit Thursday for Screamin Auto LLC to operate an auto and boat sales, service and body shop at 2716 Robbins Ave.
The property has been used under the commercial-B classification in the past, but there is no business in operation there now, said Sherri Craver, township zoning inspector.
The new shop permit was sought by Mike Hionas. Residents of Glenwood Avenue, behind the shop, spoke against the permit, saying the building and property had not been kept up.
The board also approved a request to allow a power safety cover to be installed for an in-ground swimming pool at 908 Ohltown-Girard Road, also known as Webb Road, to replace a 6-foot fence, which is required by township regulations.
The board, however, stipulated that the township's lawyer, William Roux, must give his written opinion on whether the cover would be the same as fencing as far as safety is concerned.

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