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Union workers cry foul play against city

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The ink is barely dry on the employees' Union Contract with City of Shreveport and there's already a problem. The Union says the City isn't holding up its end of the bargain.

"We have some upset employees out there and they are becoming disgruntled." Shreveport City Worker Union President Cordell Allen says when the city closed for weather on February 11th and 12th, a lot of employees still had to go to work. But when their time cards came back, they were shocked to find that they did not receive overtime pay like they were expecting. Instead they had comp time, or time off with pay. "But we also have in our contract written in our contract, that due to inclement weather, anytime there's an emergency of anything like that, when the employees go out and do that work, those employees will be paid time and a half."

Dale Sibley, the city's CAO said in a statement;

"The City of  Shreveport Personnel Rules specifically excludes overtime pay for employees working during inclement weather, and provides no specific authorization for any other form of inclement weather pay.  Additionally, Administrative Policy 1-19 specifically allows compensatory time only for employees who work during declared inclement weather closures.   As to a violation of the recently executed union contract, there are no provisions within the agreement that allow for inclement weather pay , therefore the city is not in violation of its agreement with the Union. Going forward, the City may re-examine AP 1-19 and the Personnel Rules to allow such pay, but we cannot under the current rules and regulations."

Allen says union employees, city workers excluding police and fire crews, have filed a grievance with city officials. Allen also says at the end of the day, they just want respect. "I'm trying to understand why the city doesn't appreciate their employees no better than they do."

City officials say they have not been notified of any grievance filed in this issue.

 

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