ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Erie city officials are hoping seven municipal garage workers fired for allegedly stealing government equipment will agree not to contest their firings in exchange for a first-offender's program.
Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri tells the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1cGQEOB ) his office must still approve the workers as suitable for the program. It allows first offenders to have their record expunged if they serve a probation term without incident. It also doesn't require the defendants to plead guilty.
Teamsters Local 397 is challenging the firings of five hourly workers. The other two fired were supervisors not in the union.
The city wants the workers to sign agreements to drop any challenge of their firings in exchange for ARD.
The workers were fired in May and accused of stealing city-owned auto parts.
Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com