UPDATE: Sanitation Workers Hold Public Hearing Saturday

Some Greenville sanitation workers attended a public hearing Saturday afternoon to discuss complaints about their working conditions and what steps they should take next.

State NAACP leader Rev. William Barber led the panel.

It was back in November that some sanitation workers in Greenville conducted a brief work stoppage to protest working conditions.

Saturday at the public hearing several city workers spoke about those conditions saying some problems included under-staffing, disrespect, favoritism, low wages, and a lack of voice.

In response to those complaints a Workers Rights Board was set up. The board, chaired By Rev. Barber, will issue a formal report of findings on March 1st to the public.

Public workers director Wes Anderson is resigning effective Feb. 24. 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.

Here is a list of the people that make up the Workers Rights Board:

Rev Barber, NC NAACP President
Representattive Jean Farmer-Butterfield
Mary Robinson, teacher, President, Pitt County Chapter of NC Educators Association
Rose Glover, Greenville City Council
Jerry Ledbetter, President, UE 150 Union, Raleigh City Chapter
Rev. Tyron Turnage, Next Generation Church, Winterville
Alexandra Forter Sirota, NC Justice Center, Budget and Tax Center
Calvin Henderson, President, Pttt County NAACP
Gene Nichols, former dean and current Director, NC Poverty Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

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  • by Thanks and no thanks on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    Thanks and kudos to the sanitation workers who do the hard work of collecting the refuse we all create. Many of us appreciate your valuable contribution to the City. Thumbs down to the complainers, whiners and lazy ones who want compensation but don't want to play by reasonable rules. You want to get paid but don't want to be accountable for a full day's work. You aren't victims and the City is not and should not be an employment agency for those with a ticked-off entitlement mentality. Nor should Public Works be a platform for politically motivated gadflies, many of whom aren't even vested in the Greenville community.
  • by rickyw on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:34 PM
    i realize this is not the greatest job,however you have benefits and retirement.the next option should be if you would like to quit your job the county should fill it with welfare recipiants
  • by Action on Feb 6, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    If everyone here wants something done about this please let your council member know. If enough of us complain they will privitize the job. Find who your council member is at www.greenvillenc.gov
  • by Hardrock on Feb 6, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    The sanitation workers did not do their job Saturday, they had the opportunity to "dump" North Carolina's largest piece of trash and did not do it !
  • by Workers Rights Board? Location: ENC on Feb 5, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    Did everyone see who makes up the 'Workers Rights Board'? The majority have no clue about the workings of the sanitation department.... much less anything else that is labor intensive. This is a group of parasites that latch on to 'issues' that are petty at best. The workers were brought concessions on three different occasions, but were advised against it.... by some on the board. All in the interest of who? The worker? Psst! They love to look good doing nothing while the African American community suffers.
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      by anon on Feb 5, 2012 at 08:12 PM in reply to Workers Rights Board?
      are you speaking of obama and holder?
  • by bud Location: tarboro on Feb 5, 2012 at 04:00 PM
    Glad to here Rev. Buffet is back on the job stirring up trouble. He will come to Greenille take these peoples money and head back to Raleigh. People handle your own business. You don't need rev buffet coming in taking your money. He has made such a mess up in Raleigh with Wake county shools. If you don't like your job or it don't size up to your standards then quit causing trouble and find another. There is a lot of people out there that needs a job with benfits.
  • by Bobby on Feb 5, 2012 at 03:40 PM
    Outsourcing is way way cheaper, besides, the laid off workers can apply for a job with the company that takes over, and I can assure you, they would receive better benefits than offered by the city.
  • by Sad but true on Feb 5, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    The NAACP has turned into yet another gtoup to keep American's citizens at odds with one another. ALL such groups should be disbanded. Unless this country unites as one we are doomed. Sadly I can not see a unification so I guess we are doomed.
  • by me Location: pitt co on Feb 5, 2012 at 03:14 PM
    Hey sanitation worker, you're right, its all about personal gain. You don't like your job, we'll take it. And save the city tax payers money in the process, and provide better service.
  • by bid it out on Feb 5, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    A private company can get the job done better and much more effectively for less tax expense. The citizens and the city will be better off. Current city employees can be given a chance to work for the private contractor if they wish to do so.

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