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Disgruntled city employees gather behind closed-doors

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Some city employees unhappy with pay and working conditions gathered at New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport Friday night to discuss their concerns. Some city employees unhappy with pay and working conditions gathered at New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport Friday night to discuss their concerns.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Some Shreveport city workers gathered to voice their concerns at a closed-door meeting on Friday night, after a week that included two-day 'sick out' Monday and Tuesday by 38 Shreveport City sanitation workers.  That was followed by a smaller 'sick out' by 8 water department customer service employees on Thursday. 

They gathered at New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport to express frustration with what they describe as low wages, lack of raises for years and other problems with working conditions. Citing concerns about backlash, the city employees asked that the media not be allowed inside once the meeting started.

Sheila Johnson, the city workers union president says the meeting was intended to get an understanding of what the employees are concerned about. "We want to hear their concerns and try to address them and hopefully get some solutions to their problems."

Johnson said the 'sick outs' were not organized or approved by the union.  She planned to speak with employees about how their concerns should have been addressed in the proper way.  Johnson also says the city has repeatedly told her and the union that there is no money in the budget for any pay raises.

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