S'port Garbage Workers Demand Changes

By Adria Goins – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) –  Dozens of sanitation workers for Shreveport-Bossier confronted Mayor Cedric Glover and the council Friday morning with a list of demands, saying they will not work until the city works for them.

Garbage workers said it was less about the money and more about being understaffed and overworked. The employee's biggest concern was driving trucks around every day without air conditioning. Several workers told KSLA they had been hospitalized for dehydration.

When the workers confronted Mayor Glover they were told to get back to work.

"When we come down here and make a stand for it we get threatened about our job but you can't afford to fire us because we are behind already and still we've got not solution, no nothing," said Alphonso Hawthorne, a sanitation employee.

Shreveport has not replaced its trucks in seven years. Glover argued that the city just cannot afford to make the changes.

"We've not budgeted money in recent years to acquire additional ones because of the fact that to do so would mean we'd have to make some budgetary decisions," said Glover.

He went on to say that those decisions might mean the city would be forced to make layoffs and that was not an option.

Councilwoman Joyce Bowman made a promise to workers that she and the mayor would sit down on Monday to discuss the list of demands. 

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