If there’s a true blue-collar town left in the 50 states where organized labor still has muscle, it’s Youngstown. But enough flex to force the county government to dump its legal representation because of ties to anti-union forces? Yeah, that much flex.
The Vindicator reports on the Mahoning County commissioners’ decision to walk from a contract with Columbus outfit Downes, Fishel, Hass and Kim. According to the paper, the three-person panel voted to cut ties after members of local unions complained about the firm’s association with Republican Governor John Kasich and Senate Bill 5, the controversial legislation that would knee-cap public employees’ bargaining rights.