St. Petersburg sanitation workers plan Labor Day protest
ST. PETERSBURG - City sanitation workers plan to protest on Labor Day.
Before the workers rumble on city streets in their big rigs, they plan to send a message to city leaders for making them work on a federal holiday.
The 100 union members will gather at 6 a.m. at the Joseph Savage Sanitation Complex on 28th Street N.
“There is no rhyme or reason for this,” said Rick Smith, chief of staff for the Florida Public Services Union. "We are trying to save the city money."
The workers usually have Wednesdays off. City managers, Smith said, will not let workers consolidate routes next week like they had done around other holidays.
The city, he said, would save money by letting the workers spend Monday at home with their families. “Nobody puts their trash out on a holiday,” Smith said.
--Mark Puente, Times staff writer