Canton disciplines 6 plow drivers over protest


CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A half-dozen snowplow drivers in Ohio have been ordered suspended for three days without pay for leaving their routes to show solidarity with union demonstrators.

City officials in Canton in northeast Ohio say the workers made detours from their regular runs Feb. 22 to drive their plow trucks and honk their horns alongside a protest against state legislation to restrict public workers’ bargaining rights.

Union leader Bill Dieffenbaugher tells The Repository newspaper the suspensions were issued Wednesday. He says he plans to appeal to the city’s service director, who has said the drivers broke work rules.

Dieffenbaugher says he disagrees with the city’s view that the drivers used bad judgment. He says what they did was show camaraderie, compassion and concern over possible changes he says will affect everyone.

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