Two Springfield Twp. workers upset over lack of a contract

NEW SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield Township's two road department employees are angry that the township will not a negotiate a contract with them now that it appears the State Employee Relations Board will rule in their favor.
The two, Road Superintendent Richard Kennedy and Assistant Road Superintendent Eric Mace, want to join Teamsters Local 377, but the township has maintained that the two men are management and therefore not eligible to join a union.
The dispute went to a hearing July 28 before SERB Hearing Officer Kay Kingsley in Columbus. Atty. Robert Moore, who represents the Teamsters Local, said Kingsley has issued an informal decision in favor of Kennedy and Mace. An informal decision, he said, is issued because it often induces the parties to settle. After the written decision is issued, either party can appeal for a hearing before the full SERB.
He said he was hoping the township would abide by the informal decision but said the Mahoning County prosecutor's office, which represents the trustees, has indicated they will not.
Moore said the next step is that each side has to file briefs in early September. These briefs are supposed to influence the written decision, which will be issued in several months.
"We were disappointed," Moore said Wednesday. "If the decision had gone the other way, we had intended to abide by it."
At Wednesday's township trustees meeting, Trustee Jim Holleran said that the prosecutor's office has advised trustees to appeal.

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