Nurse agrees to extension
YOUNGSTOWN - Members of the Ohio Nurses Association voted Wednesday to extend their current contract agreement under the same conditions with ValleyCare Heath System for one year.
The 400-member ONA represents nurses at Northside Medical Center and Hillside Rehabilitation Center. An exact vote number was not available Wednesday evening.
Eric Williams, president of Ohio Nurses Association, said the nurses thought that with the recent change from Forum Health to Valley Care Health Systems that it would be best to have a little more time before going into labor negotiations.
"The current contract with the hospital system was scheduled to end on July 19. With the one-year extension the contract will end on July 19, 2012," Williams said.
He said if members had turned down the extension, they would have begun negotiations on a new contract.
ValleyCare Health System represents the new name under the new ownership of the former Forum Health. The hospital system includes Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Hillside Rehabilitation Center and Northside Medical Center.
Military job fair set in Cleveland
CLEVELAND - Military veterans looking for work in the health care field will have an opportunity to attend the first military job fair on May 31 at Cleveland's Crowne Center Plaza.
Sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Science & Innovation Coalition, the job fair aims to place military personnel and veterans in healthcare positions at NOHSIC hospitals, including: University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System, Southwest General Health Center, EMH Healthcare and Summa Health System.
The fair will create employment growth at all entry points to the healthcare market, including retraining employees new to healthcare to fill vacancies, providing advancement opportunities to incumbent health care workers in order to move into leadership roles and bringing in future employees via internship opportunities. For more information on how to register for the military job fair visit the NOHSIC website at or call 1-800-237-8662. Military and veterans must bring military ID and one of the following: DD214 or NGB22 or separation orders.
State sues mill owners
WARREN - Ohio's top attorney is asking a Trumbull County Common Pleas Court judge to order closed a hazardous waste facility owned by RG Steel, operator of the former Severstal steel mill, because of harm it's creating to the environment, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. In addition to RG Steel and Severstal, the current and former owners of the facility at 1040 Pine Ave. S.E., the suit filed by Attorney General Michael DeWine's environmental enforcement section names International Steel Services Inc. (ISSI) and Re-Gen Inc., the Pittsburgh companies that operate the facility.
Katya Pruett, RG Steel spokeswoman, declined to comment, as did Malvin Sander, Re-Gen senior vice president, for Re-Gen and ISSI. ''We feel confident this will be a matter of no import to the citizenry of Warren,'' Sander said Friday. The 13-count suit asks the court to order the companies to submit a closure plan to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for implementation, an estimate of what it would cost, financial assurance and liability coverage for the closure of the facility. In addition, the companies would be required to do all necessary investigations and remedial activities and pay a civil penalty of $10,000 a day for each violation, the suit states. The facility handles spent pickle liquor, a liquid generated while finishing steel.
The complaint alleges that the spent Pickle Liquor is a solution of hydrochloric acid and water saturated with iron chloride and is classified as hazardous waste.
According to the complaint, Ohio EPA inspectors observed the Warren facility disposing of the material improperly beginning with a 2005 inspection.
The plant is accused of illegally disposing of hazardous waste at an unpermitted facility, failing to keep written operating records, failing to analyze the waste, failing to conduct routine inspections and failing to have a contingency plan in the event of fire, explosion or contamination. The case has been assigned to Judge John M. Stuard. A hearing date has not been set.
Covelli expanding into Canada
WARREN- Covelli Enterprises has been chosen to develop bakery-cafes in Toronto, Canada.
Covelli Enterprises, headquartered in Warren, is listed as American's largest Panera Bread franchise. Covelli Enterprises owns and operates more than 190 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the United States, including six Mahoning Valley locations. Covelli Enterprises was also ranked the eighth largest franchise group in the United States in 2010 by Franchise Times Magazine.
Covelli plans expansion into the Greater Toronto area, including two to three new bakery-cafes this year.
"I am very thankful to the people of the Mahoning Valley because without their support, we would never have this opportunity," said Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises. "Thirteen years ago when we opened the first Panera Bread in Boardman, I never could have imagined our company being chosen to expand this concept internationally.'' Mike Kupstas, SVP, chief franchise officer, Panera Bread, said, "We look forward to working with the Covelli team on their pending openings and future projects." The company plans to continue its expansion into the Ontario market and expand over the next several years. "We're very excited to leverage the strength and experience of the Covelli franchise group to co-develop this market and bring our fresh artisan bread and high quality food selections to more Canadians," said Bill Moreton, CEO and president, Panera Bread.