Bank glitch delays Warren City payroll

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Payday has come and gone for many city workers in Warren, but their paychecks never arrived.

It’s the second time in as many weeks that city workers in Trumbull county communities have not gotten paid on time.

Friday should have been payday for nearly 500 police, firemen and other workers in the city of Warren. Instead, many have empty bank accounts because of an accounting glitch with the bank.

Union officials have been taking calls all day from their rank and file with everyone wanting to know when they are getting paid.

“There is no money for me to pay my bills. I live paycheck to paycheck just like probably 90 percent of people do. Without the money, it is very hard to pay my bills,” said Warren firefighter John Jerina. “Everyone just wants to know when they’re going to receive their money and what the consequences are.”

An error by Talmer Bank sometime over the last few days meant no one working for Warren City got paid Friday, and the bank is not saying what happened.

“What we can confirm within the privacy guidelines is this: the bank did make an error with a customer, and we are working with the customer to rectify the situation today,” Talmer Bank spokesperson Mark Wenick.

Warren Safety and Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said the issue is causing a headache but said the city is working with the bank to protect employees.

“We are working very closely with the bank from the standpoint of making sure if there are any overdraft fees or late charges or anything like that, the employee will be made whole,” said Cantalamessa.

Cindy Gorse, president of AFSME Local 74, said the soonest anyone will get paid is Monday.

“It makes for a long weekend. We were told that if the city were to cut a check it would still take two days because they would have to redo payroll from the beginning.”

Last week, paychecks for Niles workers were delayed. In that case, a clerk on vacation meant no one in the city knew how to process the payroll.

Some local banks are allowing workers to overdraft their accounts, fee free, before their direct deposits arrive Monday.

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