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Teamsters drop grievance against inmates doing pothole patching



Published: Wed, April 16, 2014 @ 6:18 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Teamsters Local 377, which represents employees of the Mahoning County Engineers’ Office, has dropped its grievance concerning the use of free labor from day-reporting sheriff’s department inmates to help patch potholes on county roads.

Sheriff Jerry Greene said today that county Engineer Patrick Ginnetti received a letter from the Teamsters’ union on Tuesday, saying the union was withdrawing the grievance because of the extreme winter weather the county has recently experienced and in the interest of public safety.

Greene said the union is not conceding the issue, however, and still believes the use of the day-reporting inmate labor violates its labor contract, under which union members are paid to do the work.

Neither Ginnetti, nor Rich Sandberg, Teamsters Local 377 president, could be reached for comment late this afternoon.


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1rickking123(286 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Or in other words we didn't fully realize how much pothole work there was....

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2yonko(27 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Or, the grievance was dropped due to the matter of the work being done by "criminals" that weren't being "paid" and wouldn't go "home" at the end of the day.

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3TomSays(5 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

A union once again shows why unions are worthless!
How can you grieve fixing some of the worst potholes ever seen in this county using every means available. The Sheriff & County Engineer should be applauded for doing the right thing for the taxpayers of Mahoning County - getting potholes fixed.

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