State NAACP Says It Supports Greenville Sanitation Workers

The state NAACP and Greenville branch say they support Greenville sanitation workers in their demands for "dignity and respect, job security, safety, a grievance procedure and meet-and-confer."

It was earlier in November when Greenville sanitation workers staged a one day walkout over their concerns and then later took them to city hall.

The NAACP says "It opposes any actions to suspend or discipline Greenville Sanitation workers for the stand they took to correct this injustice."

NAACP leaders say, "When workers are disrespected by management; when communications breakdown; and when there are no mechanisms for workers and management to discuss major problems, then workers are left with no choice but to take actions to bring attention to the problems."

The NAACP invoked the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King saying, "The demand for dignity and respect by the Memphis Sanitation workers in 1968 was the last courageous stand by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. It represents a great symbol of the Black Civil Rights Movement."

The civil rights organization says the NC Public Service Workers Union-UE150 is in the forefront of organizing city workers throughout the state to challenge and change unjust laws and to empower workers by building a campaign for City Worker Bill of Rights in every city.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    The NAACP claims that they are against racism, and they are...but only if that racism is directed against blacks. Anytime the racism is aimed at whites, well, THAT'S okay. Their record proves this.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    NAACP picking up the trash, again of course. These folks need to quit whining and get the garbage.
  • by duh on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Anonymous, how is the NAACP getting invloved in anything that involves a black person, or telling people they need to elect officials because they are black... not racist??
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:31 PM
  • by jerry Location: washington on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    WWWWHHHHHOOOO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    Gotta love all the white racist comments that WITN is allowing to be posted on this, but let someone speak out against the "other" race and what no post allowed.
  • by rapper Location: wilson on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    Stick to your principles Sanitation Workers !
  • by naacp on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    The last time naacp was involved was to accused Duke lacross players of something they didn't do!
  • by country boy Location: havelock on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Forget it santation workers, any validity to your demands is now out the window, the might NAACP is involved.
  • by George Location: Greenville on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    The pay isn't great but then again it is unskilled labor. If they want better pay then they should apply themselves and get a better education at a community college or at ECU. The city actually reimburses it's employees if they get good grades. So they have no excuse there. City employees have a great benefits package including medical, dental, 12 paid holidays per year a fantastic vacation time package that increases over their career, retirement plan, 401k, etc. Not to mention great job security. Has anyone heard of any layoffs with the city? I find it hard to believe that working conditions at the city are as hard as they claim they are.

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