Sanitation Workers meet with union representatives

By Christian Henson |

Published 08/08 2014 10:27PM

Updated 08/08 2014 10:39PM

Sanitation workers in Shreveport called out multiple days this week but tonight they met with reps from Shreveport City Workers Local 1325 to discuss their demands.

President Local 1325, Sheila Johnson, says the biggest complaint she has heard from sanitation workers is that Public Works officials keep saying their is no money in the budget for raises.

Sheila Johnson, President of Shreveport City Workers Local 1325 said "We as a union gonna try and come in and if we can see where we can, you know, maybe help twerk the budget to see where there may be some funds available for the employees then that's what we're gonna sit at the table with them and do."

Luther Ellis has been at Solid Waste for 8 years and says he was never told about the union.

"We didn't know anything about the union," Ellis said "We have never paid any union dues in 8 years."

Johnson blames that on oversight from the city.

"We have newcomers that are coming aboard with the City of Shreveport," Johnson said "We signed off on our collective bargaining contract in February. So it's just a miscommunication."

But tonight in addition to listening to sanitation workers worries Johnson will also be telling them how they can join the union.

Johnson said "Well we have information for them. We're going to basically tell them the due process that should have taken place."

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