Trash Collection Resumes In Greenville

Garbage pickup resumed in Greenville Thursday morning as sanitation workers ended their walkout.

An estimated 75 employees on Wednesday refused to pickup the city's trash in protest over working conditions. The employees said a new work attendance policy given to them that morning prompted the walkout.

The employees stayed at the Public Works Complex until city police were called in around 1:30 p.m.

This morning sanitation pickup resumed as crews rolled out with their trucks. It's not clear if the grievances that prompted Wednesday's walkout have been settled.



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The sanitation saga will continue in Greenville Thursday. It is unclear if the city's crews will report for work.

Anyone who put their trash out Wednesday in Greenville did not see it get picked up. A walkout for a second day on Thursday would affect three days of trash collection since all city workers are off Friday for Veterans Day.

Some 70 to 75 workers in the Greenville Public Works Sanitation Department walked off the job, saying they're fed up with being treated "like trash". The entire fleet of trash trucks for the city remains parked at the Public Services Complex. The city workers say they walked out in order to force management to address issues about overtime, job security, raises and respect.

WITN's Lynnette Taylor will meet with the crews when they gather at 7 a.m. to keep everyone updated on what is in store for today.


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Striking sanitation workers have left a city complex after Greenville police arrived this afternoon.

Some 70 to 75 city employees walked off the job, saying they're fed up with being treated "like trash". The entire fleet of trash trucks for the city remains parked at the Public Services Complex.

At first, police told the media they had to leave city-owned property but gave reporters no explanation.

A short time later, the striking employees got into their vehicles and left the Public Works Complex. Some told WITN that they planned to meet at Philippi Church of Christ to meet with civil rights organizers and some members of city council.

The employees tell us they plan to report for work as normal Thursday morning, but it's unknown whether garbage will be picked up or not.

The employees became angry this morning when a supervisor outlined a new policy that begins November 14 for reporting for duty and when they should return to the Public Works Complex in the afternoon.

After the closed door meeting the workers gathered outside and then were told by Public Works Director Wes Anderson that they needed to return to work, or leave the property and come back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. Workers did not leave and some told WITN that if they did they might be classified as abandoning their job. Those workers say they plan to sit at the complex until their normal quitting time and return in the morning. They say they will continue the work stoppage until some of their demands are truly considered.

The employees tell us they have taken their concerns before to City Manager Wayne Bowers, but claim he would always get back to them, and never does. The city manager left the complex without speaking to the media.

When asked about the possibility of garbage piling up in the city, Anderson said they would go into a contingency plan. The city says it plans to eliminate vegetative and recycling pickup for Thursday so crews can pick up the trash that was missed Wednesday.

Greenville says those residents who normally have garbage picked up Thursday and Friday should make sure they have cans at the curb Thursday morning for pickup because of the holiday on Friday.


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Greenville police have arrived at the city's Public Works Complex where striking sanitation workers have refused to leave or return to work.

Some 70 to 75 city employees walked off the job, saying they're fed up with being treated "like trash". The entire fleet of trash trucks for the city remains parked at the Public Works Complex.

Shortly before 1:00 p.m. the employees were told if they didn't leave the property the police would be called. Police arrived and have told the media they had to leave city property.

At least one current city council member, and a newly elected member are at the location.

The employees became angry this morning when a supervisor outlined a new policy that begins November 14 which sets new procedures for reporting for duty and when they should return to the Public Works Complex in the afternoon.

After the closed door meeting, the workers gathered outside and then were told by Public Works Director Wes Anderson that they needed to return to work, or leave the property and come back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. Workers did not leave and some told WITN that if they did they might be classified as abandoning their job.

Those workers say they plan to sit at the complex until their normal quitting time and return in the morning. The employees say they will continue the work stoppage until some of their demands are truly considered.

The employees tell us they have taken their concerns before to City Manager Wayne Bowers, but claim he would always say he'd get back to them, and never does. The city manager left the complex without speaking to the media.

When asked about the possibility of garbage piling up in the city, Anderson said they would go into a contingency plan, but would not elaborate what that is.


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Some 70 to 75 Greenville sanitation workers have walked off the job, saying they're fed up with being treated "like trash". The entire fleet of trash trucks for the city remains parked at the Public Works Complex.

The work stoppage began this morning at the city's public works department after their supervisor called a 7:00 a.m. meeting with employees about reporting to work on time. The workers say there are pay and overtime issues which they claim are unfair. They also say they're concerned about workers getting hurt while on the job and then being let go.

At one point workers went inside the city complex to speak with City Manager Wayne Bowers, but when our cameras were not allowed inside, the workers left the meeting. A short time later the employees agreed to meet with the city manager and public works director without the media present.

Workers say this morning they were given a new policy that begins November 14th which outlines procedures for reporting for duty and who they are supposed to report to. The new policy says sanitation workers cannot return to the complex parking lot prior to 3:00 p.m. Several employees tell us they're being treated like children and there's no leniency with the new policy. They claim if their work isn't finished by 3:00 p.m. they don't get paid for any extra time.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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