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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  • by what? Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    You are talking about an employer that is not a corporation but a government entity funded through tax dollars.
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      by AndrewRayGorman on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to what?
      And right now money is being wasted in our government on war and on private mercenary companies, and certain officials in government have given themselves enormous pay, when public workers like these and teachers are barely scrapping by to support their families.
  • by andrewraygorman@gmail.com Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    @Derek there is nothing wrong with working multiple jobs, yeah. But this is not true when you are working a gross amount of hours for these jobs and at a ridiculously low pay. The issue here is greed, and specifically the greed of those who are taking the pay of these workers. The workers create the wealth. It is the CEO's and those on Wall Street who steal it, and drain our economy. They are parasites. These people, on the other hand, are hard-working individuals, who just want to be treated like people and be paid fairly for the work that they do. Treat others as you would like to be treated. It seems these days the golden rule means to exploit others. If we are to change society for the better, that mentality of exploitation has got to go.
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      by bubba on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to andrewraygorman@gmail.com
      Ok, I'll bite. Exactly how much per hour should these workers be paid?
  • by Wayne Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    If you want to see the benefits package these workers get, go here: http://www.greenvillenc.gov/employment/default.aspx?id=174 I would like to know exactly what got these guys so upset up in the first place. Why the complaints all of a sudden? I would also like to know why they don't try to better themselves with a higher education and get a better job. I see that the city actually pays for their tuition if they get good enough grades. These people need to get off their butts and do something positive for themselves.
  • by Facts Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    The three sanitation supervisors are black. Two have worked their way up the ranks of the department. All these cries of racism are bogus. And by the way, base salary is $24,000 a year, max is $35,000. Plus great healthcare and state retirement. They know the salary going in. If it isn't enough, why take the job?
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      by insider on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM in reply to Facts
      you are exactly right........there is no racism involved!!! It is called education...you want more money, get more education!
  • by Facts Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    The three sanitation supervisors are black. Two have worked their way up the ranks of the department. All these cries of racism are bogus. And by the way, base salary is $24,000 a year, max is $35,000. Plus great healthcare and state retirement. They know the salary going in. If it isn't enough, why take the job?
  • by Cape Location: GVN on Nov 18, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    Fire every last one of them that do not do exactly as they are told by there supervisor. White, black, blue, green, it has nothing to do w/ race and everything to do w/ a bunch of lazy scoundrels.
  • by HanktheYank Location: North of Mason Dixon on Nov 18, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    Since i moved down here all is see is people of prejudice, why don't we give these good folks a decent raise. Its' time to quit beating good folks down. Sanitation workers have strong unions up north and demand decent living wages. Be Wise and Organize
  • by Not entitlement jobs on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    You know, these jobs aren't entitlements and the City of Greenville doesn't have to serve as an employment agency. MANY folks, public and private sector, haven't had raises and there is no way to explain to other City of GV employees why they don't get raises but the complaining sector does. These are decent jobs at well ABOVE poverty level (contrary to what other posts have intimated), with good benefits. If sanitation employees want special priviledges, it behooves the City to go private with collection. This is not a civil rights issue and labeling it such doesn't make it so.
  • by Waaaaaah on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    Cry me a river. I have had one pay raise in over 8 years and believe me it was not significant even then. Did they also not realize when they took the Sanitation job picking up trash that they would have to lift heavy things? You think if I whine too the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will run to my aid? Doubt it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    Will they be picking up the trash today??
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