YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A union grievance filed by Mahoning County workers surrounding work being done by inmates has been dropped.
The Teamsters union agreed to drop the grievance surrounding day workers, who are people convicted of non-violent crimes, being used on a union job.
The day workers were being used to help supplement the county staff in repairing potholes after the harsh winter left an unusual amount to tackle.
Teamsters Local 377 President Rich Sandberg agreed that because of the harsh winter and public safety concerns, it would be best to drop the matter.
Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said there are no hard feelings.
“Sometimes the public perception of things that happened is skewed a little bit, and Rich was put in a position to defend his workers,” said Ginnetti. “I commend him for everything he has done.”
Ginnetti promised that if there is another harsh winter next year, he will meet with the union before making any decisions to use inmates.