SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -If you’ve noticed your trash has been late getting picked up in Shreveport, it’s because the city is short on drivers.
The city is currently in need of about 17 drivers for the sanitation department.
They’ve been behind for the last few weeks.
“Starting the first week of December roughly 15 workers called in sick and crews got behind schedule at that point,” says Communications Manager, Benjamin Riggs. “That poured into the holiday and with pickup schedules suspended for Christmas and New Year’s, they fell even further behind. Of course the staffing problem exacerbates this, but crews are currently working around the clock to get caught up.”
Riggs say they should be caught up by Wednesday.
When it comes to keeping workers and giving raises to current ones, Riggs says the idea is something the Mayor is considering.
“We’re focused on two things at the same time," he says. “We’re focused on trying to solve the problem in the short term, and just get back above water so that our residents can have their trash picked up, but the Mayor is definitely committed to solving this problem in the long term and that means being able to retain employees so everything is on the table at this point.”
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