Youngstown businesses say amendment hurts their bottom lines

The Part-Timers Bill Of Rights requires employers in the city to provide vacation and health insurance to part-time workers

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Some businesses in the city of Youngstown say an amendment, passed by voters last week, will hurt their bottom lines.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally said he is already hearing complaints from a number of business leaders and others who are worried about the change.

The Part-Timers Bill Of Rights was drafted by a businessman from Michigan who managed to get issues approved in both Youngstown and Cleveland. It requires certain employers in the city to provide benefits such as vacation time and health insurance to their part-time workers.

Because the issue changes the city’s charter, McNally said there are only two ways to change it.

“One is to talk to City Council and ask them to put something up on the ballot amending this or getting rid of it, or getting signatures like the proponent did last time with whatever corrective language or removal language you’d like to see,” he said.

The mayor says the local results must first be certified by the Board of Elections and then Council members will have to create a special commission to enforce the language of the amendment. He says it would likely be next May before another amendment can be placed on the ballot.