Highway dept. employees working under expired contract

Cary Ashby • Mar 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Employees with the Huron County engineer’s office and highway department are working on an expired contract and are in the middle of negotiations.

“Our previous contract expired on July 31,” engineer Lee Tansey said. “Our previous contract is being extended. Our current employees are on the current contract with the extension until the new contract is negotiated and ratified.”

The department typically receives three-year contracts.

Local 3764 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Ohio Council 8, represents the employees. Four representatives negotiate with Tansey and his team.

Tansey said negotiations generally can take anywhere from weeks to months.

The engineer was unable to provide any information on the current talks with the union.

“I consulted with my legal counsel regarding the contract negotiations. Neither party is permitted to discuss details while negotiations are taking place,” Tansey said.

Huron County Commissioner Skip Wilde said he is aware that negotiations are ongoing, but he didn’t have any information about the process or any of the employees’ grievances.

“In the end, we OK that contract,” he added.

Commissioner Terry Boose said the engineer’s office informed the board that it made an offer “and they turned it down.”

“We have very little to do with that contract,” added Boose, who noted the commissioners have final approval. “We don’t have much to say about it.”

Union representative Dave Blythe couldn’t be reached for comment.

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