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Woman unable to return to work

Published: Tue, October 23, 2012 @ 12:02 a.m.



By Ed Runyan



Nancy Guerini, the Trumbull County Engineer’s office employee who sought donation of sick-leave time to help her battle breast cancer, was not well enough to return to work Monday as scheduled.

Guerini, 51, said her doctor has asked that she be off work until Jan. 7, 2013. A letter to that effect was sent to her boss, Engineer Randy Smith, on Monday, she said.

Guerini said she was not able to return to work because of her low white blood-cell count and blood-platelet count. She continues to receive chemotherapy, Guerini said.

Her doctor advised her that she must not go places where she will come in contact with the public, such as the engineer’s office, because of the potential to catch a cold or other illness.

On Aug. 31, Guerini said her doctor had requested sick time through Oct. 22.

Guerini has been off work on unpaid leave since July, when the last of her vacation time, sick time and federally guaranteed Family Medical Leave Act time ran out.

On Sept. 1, she started paying about $400 per month to keep her medical insurance. Guerini said Monday she isn’t sure she will be able to continue to afford the insurance payment, which is due in about a week.

She has received some donations, and fundraisers for her are being planned for November and December, she said.

When asked whether she thinks she’ll be able to return to work in January, Guerini said she hopes so, but added, “You have to remember, I’m Stage 4, and that’s the worst stage of breast cancer.”

Smith said Monday that Guerini remains in the same status as before — unpaid leave with no donated sick time from co-workers.

Guerini went public with her plight in August, saying Smith appeared unwilling to allow her to receive donated sick-leave time from coworkers, even though many other county employees are allowed to give and receive donated sick-leave time from co-workers.

County commissioners approved a countywide sick-leave policy Sept. 6, but Smith asked to opt out of the policy.

The commissioners’ legal representative, the county prosecutor’s office, has asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office for a legal opinion on whether a countywide sick-leave policy would apply to the county engineer’s office.

Until an opinion is rendered, Smith said, he’s going to hold off on changing Guerini’s job status or granting donated sick time to her.


1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What a rotten prick !!
What the hell is wrong with this guy ?
Maybe I'm missing something here but it seems to me that if her friends/ co-wokers are willing to donate their sick time and the practice is legal and done by other county employees Smith is just being arbitrary and throwing his weight around.

This woman is suffering from stage 4 breast cancer and desperately needs her medical ins.
What kind of person would make her situation more difficult when they have the ability to help ?

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2casey02(5 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Prick is to kind of a word for Randy Smith. Power is wrong with this man. Since doesn't have to worry about getting elected this term this man could do what he wants. He didn't win the spot in the last election. Due to the former boss having to step down he got appointed to this job not by the people. Just remember what he is doing to this woman when it is time for the next election for his position. Not that anyone remembers these things and sure he will get the backing from his party. KARMA to him someday.

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3dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

@Casey. You said all that needed. KARMA will find him

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4missa1284(4 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Randy, you are poor excuse for a human being. You know this is a good woman and to continue this garbage like it's out of your hands is appalling. Like it was said before, you will reap what you have sowed.

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5Boss(11 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Its time for those precinct committee people that voted him in to stand up and vote him out, except the one he hired to replace Nancy she can abstain! Randy how can you look in a mirror? You are costing the tax payers with your ego trip reprimands and you lost (2) arbitrations which cost the county $2000.00. It dosent come out of your pocket. You have wasted enough of Trumbull County resources, workers, taxes, and time. Leave before you get embarrassed!

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