The United Steel Workers of America filed charges with the State Employee Relations Board (SERB) March 14, accusing the city of Reynoldsburg of unfair labor practices.

The United Steel Workers of America filed charges with the State Employee Relations Board (SERB) March 14, accusing the city of Reynoldsburg of unfair labor practices.

SERB spokesman Don Collins said the unfair labor practice charge is currently under review. He said it typically takes a few months before a determination can be made.

Meanwhile, Mayor Brad McCloud said Mark Fishel, the attorney handling the case for Reynoldsburg, has scheduled a new negotiating meeting with the USWA at 9 a.m., Friday, March 30.

The March 14 filing was the latest in a series of actions involving Reynoldsburg and the union dating back to 2006 when 17 city employees joined the USWA.

Several years of on-again, off-again negotiations failed to produce a contract agreement and the union has complained several times to the SERB that Reynoldsburg was guilty of unfair labor practices.

The complaint filed last week has its roots in an April 2009 decision by an administrative law judge appointed by the SERB, who ruled that Reynoldsburg was guilty of unfair labor practices when it changed the terms of health insurance coverage for all city employees while still in contract negotiations with the 17 USWA members.

In March 2010, the SERB dismissed the administrative law judge's ruling and found that the city had not breached its statutory duty to bargain in good faith.

That ruling was reversed again on Dec. 30, 2011, by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick E. Sheeran.

The March 14 filing with the SERB also accuses the city of not bargaining in good faith.

USWA representative Billy Boyce said the city owes union members back pay, including adjustments in health insurance costs.