Coalition Supporting Greenville Public Works Addresses Concerns

Two months after Greenville sanitation workers walked off the job and demanded a change in working conditions-- organizers who represent the workers say, not much has changed.

Members of the 'United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America' from Raleigh and local Pitt County civil rights leaders, stood in front of the public works office in Greenville Wednesday to make it clear, workers who staged a walk-off November 9th have not seen their demands met.

The ‘Worker's United’ elected members to represent the sanitation workers to meet with city management to negotiate their demands. They tell us they have not been a part of the process. But city officials say with the help of volunteers and some of the sanitation workers, they have worked on their concerns.

There's a public hearing Saturday for all city workers at 2:00 pm at the South Greenville gym to talk about any unfairness in the work place.

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A coalition that supports Greenville public works employees about their working conditions will discuss its plans to help the workers Wednesday.

The Coalition in Support of Greenville City Workers is holding a news conference Wednesday at the Public Works Department. The coalition says little has changed since Nov. 9, 20111, when dozens of sanitation workers walked off the job to protest some policies.

Meanwhile, the Daily Reflector reports that public workers director Wes Anderson is resigning effective Feb. 24. And the state NAACP is holding a public hearing Feb. 4 so public workers can talk about their work conditions and concerns.

Anderson has said he was determined to resolve the matter satisfactorily and convened at least three meetings of a committee comprised of managers and employees.


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  • by john Location: williamston on Feb 5, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    The workers should have been fired when they refused to work, they are trying to start their own union, The news showed ar picture of them all holding up their fist, the sixies black power sign, they are racist and that is racism and hsould be fired Monday morning. The City needs to follow the laws that protect all workers and there rights. If white people would have did what these people did, no question asked, automatic termination. Thank you,do your jobs the tax payers are paying to do so.
  • by excuse me on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    These two guys look like they may be about ready to retire. If I had a job where I was involved in causing or participated in disruption of the company they would show me the door. BUT....because of the sign they are holding they are protected. Where can I get one of those? Some changes need to be made around here.
  • by boowhoo on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    Get rid of them if they aren't happy. I need a job. Guess one of them are from up North where this was a big problem some years back. Straight day job, 5 days a week with benefits. Heck yeah, I'll take it. Where can I fill out an application at?
  • by Doodle Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    Yep what did I tell you only 5 or 6 people show up and the cameras are all over them.The union lady has No business even coming into this,we are a right to work state. Don will try to get ANY rebel rousers he can to get attention ,it 's time for the " round man of race" Barbour to show up and get another piece of the coalition in place.Rose and Kandi where were you yesterday the cameras were rolling. WITN please start showing some youth sport games there is more people there and more people are interested in that than these camera chasing wanna be agitators
  • by bill on Feb 1, 2012 at 08:37 PM
    I work with the city, and i feel like we can work out our own problems. we don't need Don, or any third party in our business. They have their own agenda, and we want no part of it. I asked them to leave us and let the workers fix the problem, and they walked away from me.So if their going to walk away from me, and i work there, who are they really there for?
  • by Anti Union on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:43 PM
    Since when is the NAACP, SCLC, and other organizations supposedly with black interests as their mantra, now becomming UNION organizer front for SEIU and other unions?
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      by CC on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:12 PM in reply to Anti Union
      Since a new resident moved into the White House
  • by Grumpy Location: G'vegas on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:51 PM
    Simple. Called a "No Fault Policy". Put them on a time clock, defined (but fair) number of tardiness, and absences (no questions asked). When they are over they are terminated.
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      by boowhoo on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to Grumpy
      That's the way the rest of us have to work.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:42 PM
    Work or GO HOME!!!!!
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    Contract the job to someone that wants to work. There are plenty of people who need a job. Then these people can march all they want in front of the unemployment office.
  • by B Madoff Location: Greenville,NC on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    I'm glad there's a coalition involved. We need to deversify the sanitation department. Where are the whites and Latinos?
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