Teamsters union issues strike notice to Mahoning County engineer


A union in negotiations with the Mahoning County Engineer’s office voted to issue a 10-day strike notice to the engineer.

Ralph Sam Cook, secretary and treasurer of Teamsters Local 377, which includes 44 employees from the engineer’s office, said the union members who work with the engineer’s office are becoming frustrated.

The union voted Wednesday to issue the notice.

“The contract’s been expired since April 2017,” Cook said.

“Our guys have been out there since April, they’re doing a great job, and we still don’t have a contract.”

He said the notice would grant the union the ability to strike beginning April 9.

Engineer Pat Ginnetti declined to comment on the matter because he has yet to receive the formal strike notice.

The Teamsters in the engineer’s office perform road maintenance that includes plowing snow and filling potholes.

At last week’s county commissioners’ meeting, the board voted to reject a fact-finder’s report at Ginnetti’s recommendation.

Ginnetti told The Vindicator the fact-finder’s report didn’t adequately address the productivity and delivery of services the public deserves and his employees are “already paid quite well.”

Read more about the situation in Friday's Vindicator or on

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