Progress Reported Between Sanitation Workers & City Of Greenville

Grievances from Greenville sanitation workers caused more than 70 of them to walk of the job earlier this year--but there is progress being made according to city leaders.

Talks between workers and management have been going on for the past two months--ever since they parked their garbage trucks back in January.

Workers claimed there were unfair practices like, lack of respect, low-wages, too few supervisors and a break down of communication. A committee comprised of church leaders and workers, came up with possible solutions to these problems.

Monday night, the committee leaders went before city council to recommend the first steps to mend the bond between worker and employers.

Thomas Moton, interim Greenville city manager says, "We as a management team feel like part of the issues with communication being open and accessible, there are too few supervisors to facilitate that process."

Calvin Henderson with the Pitt County NAACP says he's talked with the sanitation workers about their grievances and feels the city is moving in the right direction to resolve those issues.

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  • by jim on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    sorry naacp does not have anything to do with these people.step up to the plate get a union and a contract,naacp can not do anything, they need to get out of labor.let the labor experts talk to you. it is your right to form a union and get real fair shake, this does not mean you will get big money but you have a thing called a contract and a real grievance procedure where the N.L.R.B. gets involved.get some expert advice.
  • by Roy on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    Im so happy. Go private
  • by Todd Location: Greenville on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:44 AM
    The city could save a lot of money and headaches by outsourcing trash collection to a private company, like many other cities do.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 03:55 AM
    The only progress that should be made is firing the complainers and hiring new folks that actually want to work.
  • by shunuff on Mar 7, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    Just outsource those complaining with one of those trucks like New Bern has, that only has ONE worker. The has a mechanical arm that extends out to pick up the trash can and empty it and sits it back on the curb in the same position. Not knocked over with 1/2 the trash on the ground. Gota love what ungrateful workers do to get outsourced. Keep complaining!!
  • by Frankly on Mar 7, 2012 at 03:28 AM
    I say 7:00 to 3:30 for all of them and working like the rest of us. They all take lunch and have their required breaks. There is plenty to do on the yard to keep them busy. Or make them part time and aend them home when they are done since most of them are done by 1:00 pm anyway. Fact is their workload is only a third of most other cities and towns in NC, and maybe a quarter of the workload and hours the private waste industries does daily.
  • by something for nothing Location: greenville on Mar 7, 2012 at 02:11 AM
    Ok guys we will allow you to play cards an extra 30 minutes a day.
  • by Open Minded Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:25 PM
    Will You Racist, stop with all the Racist comments, true they pick up trash, but they are not trash. They want to make more money just like the Racist idiots who are making all the negative comments.
  • by give me a break on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:52 PM
    Being a city employee for 30 years I have never seen such BS. City employees walk off the job and get paid for it. What if all employees walked off the job at the same time. Most likely we would be replaced. If you don't like your job please leave. You won't be missed.
  • by Billybobbrainiac on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    Fire them all and hire new ones at minimum wage. Then you don't have to pay these guys retirement.
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