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Justices decline to take up ex-campus bookstore worker case

June 7, 2022 GMT
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Andre Brady poses for a photo outside the Barnes & Noble in Youngstown, Ohio. The fired bookstore employee continued the yearslong battle for his job in appellate court on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Brady lost his union job as a sales manager at the Youngstown State University bookstore in 2016. His employer and other public universities were under pressure to reduce costs and pass the savings along to students (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Andre Brady poses for a photo outside the Barnes & Noble in Youngstown, Ohio. The fired bookstore employee continued the yearslong battle for his job in appellate court on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Brady lost his union job as a sales manager at the Youngstown State University bookstore in 2016. His employer and other public universities were under pressure to reduce costs and pass the savings along to students (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Andre Brady poses for a photo outside the Barnes & Noble in Youngstown, Ohio. The fired bookstore employee continued the yearslong battle for his job in appellate court on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Brady lost his union job as a sales manager at the Youngstown State University bookstore in 2016. His employer and other public universities were under pressure to reduce costs and pass the savings along to students (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Andre Brady poses for a photo outside the Barnes & Noble in Youngstown, Ohio. The fired bookstore employee continued the yearslong battle for his job in appellate court on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Brady lost his union job as a sales manager at the Youngstown State University bookstore in 2016. His employer and other public universities were under pressure to reduce costs and pass the savings along to students (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Andre Brady poses for a photo outside the Barnes & Noble in Youngstown, Ohio. The fired bookstore employee continued the yearslong battle for his job in appellate court on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Brady lost his union job as a sales manager at the Youngstown State University bookstore in 2016. His employer and other public universities were under pressure to reduce costs and pass the savings along to students (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to take up a fired college bookstore employee’s battle for his job, likely ending the Ohioan’s yearslong saga.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor signed the single-sentence entry declining Andre Brady’s appeal without elaboration. He has 10 days to seek reconsideration.

Brady had turned to the high court after a lower court determined in February that it lacked the jurisdiction to review core legal claims surrounding the elimination of his union job as a sales manager at the Youngstown State University bookstore.

Brady lost his job of 19 years in 2016, as his employer and other public universities were being pressured by then-Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich to reduce costs and pass the savings along to students. Brady has been fighting the layoff ever since.

His lawyer told the appellate court during oral arguments in August that his client only wanted the opportunity to make his case that Youngstown State lacked legitimate “reasons of economy” when it closed its bookstore. Lacking verifiable economic reasons violated his union contract, Brady argued.

But both the appellate and high courts have now ended their involvement on technical grounds, so that Brady never had a chance to make his case.