Sanitation workers continue protest against Public Works

By Christian Henson |

Published 08/05 2014 06:44PM

Updated 08/05 2014 07:00PM

A group of sanitation workers called out sick from work for the second day in a row to protest their wages and lack of equipment.

Troy Sumlin is one of the protesters and says "All we want them to do is sit down and talk to us, come to a reasonable agreement that would be satisfactory to everybody but they won't meet us."

Now Sumlin says the city has hired outside workers to take over their routes.

"That's another slap to the face," Sumlin said "instead of addressing the issue that we've got concerns they'd rather go get some other workers from another department to try and get them over."

Craig B. Lee, a concerned citizen, said "When the city is not clean now tourists are not going to want to come here, that impacts them. Now people don't want to relocate so that impacts the tax payers."

Rose Wilson McCoullough, a member of the Shreveport City Council, says she supports the protest and has promised to help as much as she can.

"I'm here to support the raise and I've always supported you getting that raise," Wilson-McCoullough said " know, you've got to have 5 votes. It's not just one or two votes."

Pastor Linus Mayes was elected a spokesperson for the group. Mayes told NBC 6 News the group will call in sick the rest of the week but will meet with City Council members on Friday August 8th at 10:30 am at the New Macedonia Church to try and resolve these issues.

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