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YSU ordered to reinstate fired union chief

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An arbitrator has ordered Youngstown State University to reinstate a former union leader who was fired amid charges that he threatened fellow workers.

Ivan Maldonado was president of the Association of Classified Employees when the university fired him in 2009 after two university employees alleged that he had made threatening and obscene comments to them.

Maldonado was first placed on leave, then terminated from his position in the YSU payroll department.

A 54-page finding from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service filed on Wednesday found that the university had viable concerns about Maldonado's behavior and  job performance.

However, the arbitrator also concluded that the university had failed to establish that there was just cause for firing Maldonado, and that his misconduct was was not serious enough to warrant his termination.

The arbitrator ordered that Maldonado be returned to work immediately, and that his discharge should be converted to a disciplinary suspension.

YSU spokesperson Ron Cole tells 21 News that the university is working to comply with the decision, and determine how  long Maldonado should be suspended. 

The ruling does not specifically address the issue of back pay, other than to say that any additional remedy to be provided to Maldonado should be determined in a separate proceeding.

At one point, sixteen criminal charges were filed against Maldonado that included falsification, grand theft, tampering with records and theft in office.

Maldonado was accused of using his position at the university to help employees receive pension benefits they were not entitled to, and passing off his nephew as a dependent, so he could attend YSU without paying tuition.

Those charges were thrown out by a judge.

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