METAIRIE, La. —
On November 5th, dozens of sanitation workers are gathering to protest what they call unfair labor practices.
The union workers are petitioning for better pay, working conditions, and a fair contract.
Trash has been a topic of frustration among residents in New Orleans for months. Even before Hurricane Ida, pickup was delayed for days or weeks in some neighborhoods, leaving piles of garbage lingering on city streets.
Leaders say the problem stems from finding drivers for those garbage trucks, a problem other cities across the country are seeing as well.
This particular strike is from Republic Sanitation workers and members of Teamster Local 270, a union group. A spokesperson says the strike is in response to the company's efforts to cut wages for some of its longest-tenured workers and widespread equipment failures at the New Orleans facility.
Courtsey of WDSU Channel 6