Greenville Sanitation Workers Take Concerns To City Hall

Sanitation workers in Greenville who walked off the job for one day last week protesting working conditions presented their grievances to city council Thursday night.

Twenty sanitation workers were at the Greenville City Council meeting, along with several "Occupy Wall Street" supporters, who say the sanitation workers are an example of the 99 percent.

The workers say they held a one-day strike last week for many reasons, including disrespect from management, low pay and the need for more safety on the job. They say in the last four years, they've only had a one-point-five percent pay increase, and say they often have to pick up heavy things like couches, which hurts their backs. They say they'd like the city to buy more trucks to help with the heavy lifting.

Sanitation workers say they're also upset because management doesn't consult with them before implementing new policies.

Greenville's new mayor, Allen Thomas, also attended the meeting, along with representatives from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


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