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NC city hears out unhappy sanitation workers

GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — Greensville officials say they’re making slow but steady progress in resolving a dispute that saw dozens of sanitation workers walk off the job in a one-day protest last month.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports that a committee including managers and employees has met three
times to discuss the workers’ complaints.

Public Works Director Wes Anderson says the talks have been good, but haven’t yet identified specific actions the city can take.

Last month, about 62 of 72 department employees walked off the job over a proposal that would have replaced time clocks with reporting to a supervisor.

The workers have since met with local politicians and civil rights groups.

City Councilman Dennis Mitchell says the underlying issue seems to be workers’ perception that they’re not treated with respect.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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