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Trumbull commissioners delay action against workers

Published: Wed, October 27, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.

Staff report


Trumbull County commissioners will not take action this week regarding two employees of the sanitary engineer’s department believed to have spent much of their work time engaged in nonwork activities.

The commissioners placed items on their agenda last week regarding the potential termination of David Harper of Niles and Lori A. Graham of Columbiana from their jobs as inspectors.

Commissioners Frank Fuda and Dan Polivka did not act on the proposed terminations last week, saying they needed another week to review the matter.

On Tuesday, Fuda, Polivka and Commissioner Paul Heltzel said the matter would not be acted upon this week either, saying the matter still needed more review.

The sanitary engineer’s department, acting on a tip from an anonymous source, placed global-positioning devices on the county vehicles Harper and Graham drove. The department kept track of their movements for 31/2 weeks before placing them on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 23.

The department found that Harper was engaged in nonwork activities 54 percent of the time during the 31/2 weeks, and Graham had traveled to her home on several occasions and spent as little as one hour per day in work-related activities.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

More time to review matter! What. You got these lazy SERVANTS now FIRE them period. Then fire their UNION ASCME. There the problem thinking there entitled to what the Private Sector receives and you see how they act! If this happen in the Private Sector you'd be gone. And most likely have a hard time finding work. But cults don't have that problem.Do THEY???

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Unions protect those who are doing wrong things to keep their jobs. If you do your job, you don't need unions. The Commissioners need to fire these deadbeats now and set an example once and for all then investigate the rest of the deadbeats employed by the county.

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3sonnype(102 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

There are plenty of people out there that would love to have a job and would actually do what these two people failed to do and thats to do what they are paid to do.These two should be fired and good luck getting another tax levey passed if this is how our tax dollars are spent paying public employees to shop and stay home during working hours

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4tbocce(7 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

No doubt the workers need to be disciplined, but the County also needs to follow the rules that are in place so that we the taxpayers do not have to provide these deadbeat employees any more money. And, if the current rules do not allow immediate firing without warning and progressive dicipline, the County must negotiate a provision in its next bargaining agreement. And, further, if this doesn't happen soon, the elected officials need to be retired by the electorate.

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5henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

As members of the community and taxpaying neighbors of these people, we all have the means to "discipline" them ourselves!

These 2 should be shunned and ridiculed everywhere they go. They SHOULD be afraid to even go outside.

They are stealing from US!

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6RobertH(51 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Don't kid yourselves, those of us in the private sector see this crap every day. Bosses little buddy in the bosses office and the sound of thump .. thump .. thump from little buddies head under the bosses desk ... then little buddy is gone the rest of hte day without clocking out ...

People who have remained gainfully employed through this downturn don't realize how bad things are, they don't seem to grasp that everyones job is on the bubble.

Then you get people crying about unions ... I'm on several forums where I see management types crying about the wastes of unions and wasting of asset .. then I start taking note of the time stamps on their submissions, they'll post 5 or 6 times in the period of 4 or 5 hours ... point this out to the management types and how their at work not doing their jobs and Brother, they scream bloody murder. They say its not the same. Oh yes it is.

Referencing Little Buddy from above, in the private sector if a gps were put on LBs vehicle and they faced termination we wouldn't hear about it because its not our business. But government employees ARE our business so we hear about it.

Been my experience that people who cry about something the loudest are those who are guilty of the very same thing, so those of you saying how this kind of stuff wouldn't be tolerated in the private sector probably have knots on the back of your head(s).

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