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Union leaders urge disgruntled city workers to join local union

Shreveport city workers met with union leaders Wednesday night to discuss their options after some of them staged sick-outs earlier this month to protest wages and working conditions. Shreveport city workers met with union leaders Wednesday night to discuss their options after some of them staged sick-outs earlier this month to protest wages and working conditions.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The rift over wages and working conditions for Shreveport city workers was highlighted again Wednesday as roughly two dozen workers met with union leaders.

Local and state union leaders were at the 6 p.m. meeting to answer questions and offer advice to city workers interested in joining the union. The meeting focused on strengthening the local union specifically.

"We're basically having them to come out so we can actually inform them on the organizing of a union, the togetherness, how we can basically overcome a lot of the issues we're having," said Shelia Johnson, president of Local 1325.

Earlier this month, disgruntled employees from the city's sanitation department and water and sewage department staged sick-outs to bring attention to their concerns.

Johnson said in a previous interview that the sick-outs were not organized or approved by the union. She spoke with employees about how their concerns should have been addressed in a more proper way. She added that 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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