Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board has scheduled an emergency hearing today to determine whether an alleged sick-out affecting the Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service constitutes an illegal strike.
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, which operates TARPS service for elderly and disabled people, filed a complaint Monday against Amalgamated Transit Union Local 697 after 18 of 67 drivers scheduled to work that day called in sick.
James Gee, the transit authority’s general manager, said four drivers from that same group also called in sick on Tuesday. In a statement, TARTA acknowledged that it has been requiring drivers to work unscheduled overtime but is striving to hire more drivers.
The SERB hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 at 65 E. State St., 12th Floor, Columbus.