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To the Editor:
As a member of the Ohio Laborer’s Union and Business Manager of Local 1015 of Canton, I was part of the group peacefully assembled outside the courthouse in Carrollton last Thursday demonstrating for more local hiring by out-of-state contractors doing oil and gas work in our area.

While there, Carrollton Mayor Frank Leghart took the time to speak to us and understand why we were there. Based on that conversation, I have no doubt Mayor Leghart would also like to see more local workers employed by these out-of-state contractors.

I, and others with me, were very impressed that not only did the mayor come talk to us and exchange his thoughts, he spent time with us and understood our position. Rarely have I seen elected officials take that sort of time and put forth that type of effort in their communities.

Mayor Leghart is clearly a stand-up guy and Carrollton should be proud of his service to his community. We certainly appreciate his approach to our legitimate concerns about hiring Ohioans for this work. My members and contractors are qualified and experienced in this work and ready to go. We need to change the attitude of the oil and gas drillers about hiring more local persons qualified for this work.

I am asking for the support of the entire community and ask residents to let Mayor Leghart and county commissioners know they feel the same way.

Curt Mayle
Business Manager
Laborers’ Local 1015, Canton

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