Teamsters get details on inmate paving plan

Teamsters and potholes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti wants to try out a new program to fill all those pesky potholes we’ve all been complaining about and save the county some money at the same time.

Ginnetti wants to use non-violent jail inmates to help with patching potholes as a way of working-off their sentences. The idea was to provide extra manpower free-of-charge to existing county road crews to get to more potholes in less time without cutting any further into his overtime budget.

It sounds like a good idea, but Ginnetti admits he didn’t run it by union leaders first. Road crews in Mahoning County are represented by the Teamsters.

Ginnetti met with labor leaders Wednesday to explain the program, which he insists will not take work away from county employees.

Union leaders are expected to sit down Thursday with their members to discuss the idea. A decision to allow the program or not is expected later this week.

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