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JFS union leader reinstated to her job



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

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


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1republicanRick(1168 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Blacks can be racist and there are no consequences. Whites are held to a higher standard.

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2handymandave(514 comments)posted 3 months, 4 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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3walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 3 months, 4 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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4steivo(540 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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5redeye1(4560 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I'm betting the arbitrator is also black.. You know they have to take care of each other. Because the man has held them down. NOT.

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