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Mahoning commissioners fire AFSCME leader Youngblood

Published: Thu, November 7, 2013 @ 11:36 a.m.

Mahoning commissioners fire AFSCME leader Youngblood


The Mahoning County commissioners this morning fired Helen Youngblood, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2001, from her job as a trainer in the county’s Department of Job and Family Services.

The AFSCME labor union represents JFS workers.

The action, which will take effect Monday, was taken by Carol Rimedio-Righetti, chairwoman of the county commissioners, and Commissioner David Ditzler in the absence of Commissioner Anthony Traficanti.

A pre-disciplinary notice from Robert E. Bush Jr, JFS director, accused Youngblood of insubordination by refusing to comply with the instructions of Lori Murphy, JFS business office administrator, and using threatening language during a Sept. 25 disciplinary meeting concerning another employee.

The notice accused Youngblood of failure of good behavior for purportedly sending Murphy an e-mail in advance of that meeting questioning the need for the sheriff’s department to provide security at the meeting and asking if security is “called for black people only.”

The e-mail asked: “Do you have a rope for lynching in your office.” Youngblood, who was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 26 pending discipline, is black. Murphy is white.

Bush said the e-mail was “disruptive of the workplace” and racially offensive.


1Babydoll15(2 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!! The BULLY has finally got hers. For ALL the wrong this woman has done for years....it ALL comes around full circle. And if the AFSCME Union represents her while other cases are put on hold.....SHAME SHAME. Pending cases need to go to the media!

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2kurtw(1439 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Sounds like another case of someone with a losing hand pulling out the old "race card". People (even some black people) are getting mighty tired of that old trick. Every issue ought- and can be- decided on its own merits regardless of the pigmentation of the people involved. I'm glad she finally got what- apparently- she richly deserves.

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