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Grievance filed by Teamsters over inmate work is baseless

Published: Fri, March 21, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Grievance filed by Teamsters over inmate work is baseless

I am in complete agreement with a recent Letter to the Editor and with The Vindicator’s opinion on March 11. Both address using “nonincarcerated inmates” to pick up the slack for filling the out-of-control and numerous potholes on Mahoning County roads. These inmates will be supervised by Patrick Ginnetti, Mahoning County engineer, and Sheriff Jerry Greene with their task of paying back to Mahoning County for their crimes instead of sitting in the jail without any punishment for their minor crime(s).

Unfortunately, unnecessary grievances are notorious with the Valley labor unions for they are so narrow-minded with their complaints and grievances that they cannot see that this immediate task of helping to fill potholes is very temporary and it will not hinder their future as laborers with the Mahoning County roadways.

These Teamster Local 377 members will be free to tackle the major roadway construction that will be needed when this winter weather breaks and their mind-set of “overtime pay” will be waiting for them with the better weather.

I was also a member of the AFL-CIO when I was employed, and I also was on the board of the local AFL-CIO labor organization. All those times, I was very despondent with union members when they provided grievances of their workplace in the same manner as being done with this Teamster Local 377. They have to bear in mind that these “non-incarcerated inmates” are local criminals, and this is their punishment. If the future criminals know that they will be doing physical work for their crimes, they will learn this lesson and they will try to stay clean and within the law. Then, the Teamsters Local 377 members will have no interference with such “minor tasks.” In addition, the nonpayment to these “temporary criminal workers” is not costing Mahoning County any expense that will be available for these Teamster Local 377 members in the near future.

So, let Engineer Ginnetti and Sheriff Greene guide these temporary inmates with their task, and let’s get on with more important roadway tasks on Mahoning County roads.

Neil Frasca, Youngstown


1evio(43 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

"Where on earth do you get that ridiculous s**t. Do they teach you that garbage in school."

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2Cosmo19(53 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

What an adult comment!
It really contributes to the debate.
Gives us all something to think about.......
OK, I've thought about it and concluded that you are a jerk.

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3andersonathan(682 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Why can't we use welfare people those who collect and are supposed to work to receive benefits.

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4NoBS(2180 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Mr. Frasca, with due respect, I'm skeptical that you were "on the board of the local AFL-CIO labor organization." Not with the attitude you display in your letter. An AFL-CIO board member would realize that, regarding the inmates/county workers fiasco, a labor contract is in place and must be followed. It's a legal and binding document. One side does not get to follow it on a few things, but ignore it on others. There's a method for doing things other than what the contract calls for - it's called negotiation. Had Ginnetti done the union he oversees the simple courtesy of talking to them beforehand, none of this would have been an issue.

And your statement regarding criminals realizing that if they commit a crime, they'll end up patching potholes, thus the work detail is a deterrent to crime, is naive to the nth degree. You're aware that those criminals on pothole detail WANTED to be there, aren't you? You're aware that all but a very few criminals don't believe they're going to be caught, and don't believe they're going to be punished at all, aren't you?

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5handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The writer forgot one thing. It was the inmates choice to do this labor. In doing so they were permitted to leave the jail for the specified time not that i think it was a bad idea for the sheriff to use the inmates in this fashion seeing they were misdemeanor violators.

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