The Mahoning County Engineer’s Office has posted temporary job listings, starting the day that the Teamsters may go on strike.
The union gave its notice last Thursday, saying workers would strike in 10 days if no new agreement is reached.
More than 40 Teamsters members on the engineer’s staff have been without a new contract since last April. Recently, Mahoning County Commissioners rejected a fact-finder’s report, and County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said he’s looking for accountability.
The jobs listed at the Engineer’s Office include CDL drivers and laborers.
A news release from the office says employment may be as early as April 9, and temporary positions “may also lead to future employment opportunities within the Engineer’s Office.”
CDL Driver applicants must have a CDL Class B license and three months of heavy equipment experience or commercial truck experience.
Duties include but are not limited to maintaining traffic flow through maintenance work operations, operating various trucks and equipment including dump trucks equipped with air brakes and snow plows to clear roadways of snow and ice.
The pay rate for a CDL driver is listed at $16 an hour.
Laborer duties include but are not limited to maintenance of county highways, facilities and necessary equipment. Those include patching, shoveling, flagging, setting up work zones, working in inclement weather, cleaning of equipment and facilities, operating a chainsaw, clearing of brush and debris, feeding a chipper, lifting and setting small culvert pipe, mixing mortar and lifting materials.
A laborer must also operate small power equipment like jackhammers, compactors, mowers and many other non-power hand tools.
The pay rate for a laborer is listed at $14 an hour.
More information on the job postings can be found on the Mahoning County Engineer’s website.
Teamsters representative Sam Cook said the union’s goal is not to strike, however. He said negotiations are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.