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JFS union leader reinstated to her job

Published: Wed, June 25, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



An arbiter has ordered Helen Youngblood, president of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 2001, reinstated to her $50,960-a-year job as a training officer at the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services.

Robert E. Bush Jr., JFS director, who recommended she be terminated “for gross misconduct,” said she would be returning to work “as soon as practical, probably within the next week.”

The county commissioners fired her, effective Nov. 9, for asking a supervisor in an email if the supervisor had a lynching rope ready for a disciplinary meeting for Youngblood’s co-worker.

The arbiter ruled that Youngblood, of Coitsville Road, Campbell, a county employee since March 1980, should be suspended without pay for six months.

Having already served that time off the job, the arbiter, E. William Lewis, ruled Monday that she is to be paid at her regular rate from April 10 until her reinstatement, minus any unemployment benefits she may have received between April 10 and her reinstatement.

“She is to be returned to work in her former position as soon as possible,” Lewis ruled.

Youngblood’s behavior “is egregious enough to warrant a severe penalty. However, to have this particular employee leave this organization as a terminee is too harsh a penalty,” Lewis ruled.

When Youngblood was fired, Jack Filak, a regional AFSCME director, said Youngblood’s actions were part of protected union activity that occurred during her representation of a union member.

“We’re pleased that the arbitrator overturned the employer’s attempt to discharge. We’re disappointed that he found a suspension was appropriate,” Filak said Tuesday.

With about 125 members at JFS, Local 2001 is the largest labor union representing JFS workers here.


1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm going to have to use my race card on this one. White people are held to a higher standard than blacks when it comes to racial remarks. For an example, if a white company owner or cooking show host made a racial remark even in private woe to him or her. If the liberal news agencies got a hold of that remark that would be headline news for days upon days. There would be screams from the liberals to have him sell that company that he could no longer own it. The Justice Brothers would get involved. And then you would have that racist Obama add his 2 cents too. Just an example. When it comes to racial remarks, blacks have that little blue box like you use for tolls, I think it's called EZ Pass.

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2Kernaloftruth(86 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Only in America can you make a remark like Youngblood did and get rehired and someone else can get fired for having an opinion on gay marriage. What a place and what a sad commentary on the kind of crap we allow and disallow in this country. The double standards and hypocrisy that prevail are unbelievable, and most of it persists because of the left wing who in their quest for tolerance are so quick to trample on the rights of those who hold an opinion that is contrary to their own. Liberalism may be the greatest ruse we have going.

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3handymandave(474 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The bigger ruse going on at that agency is that they put Bob Bush in charge of it. Last time I checked on that weasel he was a problematic tax cheat and a very poor administrator. Glad to see the woman got her job back. What goes around, comes around.

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4walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The most amazing part is that the AFSCME regional director actually admitted that Youngblood's thuggish behavior is protected union activity! I mean, normal, hard working people always knew this is typical of unions but rarely is there an admission to it.

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5steivo(513 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

white on black racism = abhorrent
black on white racism = OK

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