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Dozens of Shreveport employees show up for union membership meeting

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

More than two dozen Shreveport city workers showed up to a union membership drive Wednesday.

It's a new push to better organize the local chapter after a couple departments called out sick in protest their low wages and poor working conditions.

When the meeting began, there was a room full of tired city employees. But through out the , people were waking up to the idea of joining the union, which was the point of tonight's meeting.

Members of the local, state and international chapters of AFSCME spoke to those who showed up about the benefits of the workers organizing together to get their message across.

Several of them turned in membership cards to join for the first time.

“We're not here to hinder the city at all, said Sheila Johnson, the union president. “We want the city of Shreveport administration to work with us, to strengthen our employees. We basically want to come together as a team because that's the way this whole operation's going to work.”

Another large topic of the meeting was registering to vote. The union representatives stressed the power each voter has come election time November. They say this fight for higher wages and better work conditions will really start on election day.

If you would like to learn more about the Shreveport city workers' union, contact Johnson at (318)200-7665 or James Ray at (225)252-7875

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