UPDATE | County road workers won't strike today

YOUNGSTOWN — A union with 44 employees in the Mahoning County Engineer’s office has agreed to delay a strike until after the parties meet with a mediator.

The engineer’s office employees in Teamsters Local 377 issued a 10-day strike notice to the Mahoning County Engineer’s office and the State Employee Relations Board on March 29.

But an announcement last week said that a mediator from the State Employee Relations Board was available to meet with representatives from both parties today.

That meeting is set for 10 a.m. today, and employees who planned to strike have decided to postpone a potential strike to allow the opportunity for the mediation process to resolve differences between the Engineer’s office and the union employees.

The Mahoning County commissioners voted in March to reject a fact-finder’s report at the recommendation of Engineer Pat Ginnetti, which prompted the strike vote.

Ginnetti has argued the union employees are paid quite well, and the recommendations made by the fact finder did not allow him to address issues with productivity and delivery of services.

The union employees have been without a contract since April 2017.

Those employees maintain county roads, and their duties include plowing snow and filling potholes.

Ginnetti has said a potential strike would not disrupt services and last week his office posted job listings for laborers and CDL drivers on a temporary basis.

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