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Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
The union representing the Greater Dayton RTA drivers and mechanics late Wednesday filed a state notice of intent to strike and picket with a New Year’s Day start date.
The notice by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 inches the more than 400 employees closer to a strike with the regional transit authority, though the union’s president said members had not yet voted on whether a strike would actually occur.
“We’ll be calling for a meeting hopefully this Sunday with members to discuss what we’re going to do,” said Glenn Salyer, ATU Local 1385 president.
Reached by the Dayton Daily News on Thursday morning after the State Employment Relations Board posted the notice on its website, Salyer said he wasn’t aware his attorney had filed the notice, which has his signature.
Negotiations earlier this week between ATU and RTA did not result in agreement.
Both Salyer and RTA CEO Mark Donaghy said the union and RTA would meet Jan. 23 with a state mediator to discuss the dispute — more than three weeks after the potential strike start date.
Disagreement exists over who set the meeting date. RTA said the union proposed the Jan. 23 date with the mediator, but the union said that the Jan. 23 date was selected because the state-appointed mediator was unavailable until then.
Donald Collins, SERB general counsel, declined to comment on whether the mediator’s schedule determined the Jan. 23 date, but said “upon request from the parties, we will respond whenever.” He said the union is not required to strike on Jan. 1, but could re-file notice to strike at a later date.
State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said the union should not strike before the Jan. 23 meeting.
“SERB is aware I feel strongly their mediator should be available as soon as possible,” Antani said. “I would encourage the RTA and ATU to keep negotiating and pick a sooner date to negotiate.”
RTA officials said they are “preparing for either outcome.”
“We continue to seek a reasonable resolution to the dispute and/or commitment from the local to continue with mediation of the issue without a work stoppage,” said Donaghy in a prepared statement. “The final decision to strike, of course, rests solely with Local 1385.”
The parties have until Dec. 31 to settle the dispute before a strike could begin. ATU was required to send RTA a strike notice by Dec. 21 if they intend to strike, according to the terms of a contract agreed upon last January.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
TODAY: Off and on light rain showers through the day. Although wet, temperatures will still reach into the upper 50s. This will be slightly below average. Showers become more isolated late afternoon. Breezy and mostly cloudy. Overnight a passing shower or two possible.
WEDNESDAY: A shower or two will come down before dawn. It’ll be dry for the day with temperatures reaching back near 60 degrees. Clouds break through the afternoon for some sunshine.
THURSDAY: A nice, dry day from start to finish with highs in the low 60s. Expect sunshine and a few clouds as well.
FRIDAY: It’ll be dry, early with sunshine with highs peaking in the middle 60s. Clouds increase late in the day with a possible evening rain shower, but it will not be widespread.
SATURDAY: A pleasant, dry start of the weekend with afternoon sunshine and highs in the low 60s.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 12:38 PM
— The first to be successfully prosecuted in Greene County under stricter guidelines for cruelty to animals has violated his bond conditions and is not in custody.
Matthew Bolen, 24, is set to be sentenced this week after he pleaded guilty in January to causing serious physical harm to a companion animal, a fifth-degree felony, according to Greene County court records.
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Judge Stephen Wolaver has ordered Bolen to be arrested after violating conditions of his release from jail, according to court records.
Bolen is the first to be tried in Greene County under Goddard’s Law, which went into effect in 2016 and increased the severity of the crime of hurting a companion animal from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Bolen was arrested in August 2017 after he was observed by a neighbor in Xenia throwing and banging his then girlfriend’s puppy, Willow, on the ground.
Leah Lind, the city of Xenia’s victims advocate for the prosecutor, adopted and provided care for Willow. The puppy suffered a broken knee and displaced hip, among other injuries.
Lind has been active in working with the county prosecutor’s office to get a conviction in the case. Through her Facebook page Saving Willow, which is followed by 682 people, Lind has kept the public up-to-date on Willow’s recovery.
Bolen posted bond in October 2017 and was released from jail pending court proceedings on a $5,000 bond. Conditions of his release included being evaluated for chemical dependency and not having any contact with animals, according to court records.
Along with ordering Bolen’s arrest, Judge Wolaver has increased his bond amount to $15,000.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 12:57 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 1:49 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.:
All lanes of Interstate 70 west have reopened at the Ohio 41 exit after an earlier vehicle fire was extinguished.
UPDATE @ 1:35 p.m.:
Emergency crews have reopened the center lane of Interstate 70 west at the Ohio 41 exit following a vehicle fire, according to ODOT cameras in the area.
The right lane remains blocked.
Additional details about the incident remain unavailable.
Fire crews and state troopers are blocking the right and center lanes of Interstate 70 west at Ohio 41 following a vehicle fire Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency units were dispatched to the highway around 12:40 p.m. and reported the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, according to initial reports.
Traffic is still able to pass by the scene in the left lane.
There have been no initial reports of injuries.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM
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