There may be new leadership at Mobile's Public Works Department, but tensions continue to boil and there just doesn't seem to be an end to the unrest.
Monday, President of the United Public Service Workers and members of the Mobile NAACP said they were hoping to sit and meet with Senior Director of Public Works, John Peavy, but, city leaders said that's not happening.
Trash pickup across Mobile-delayed, three employees- under investigation for possible threats against their supervisor and, Senior Director, Greg Beckham-out.Months of turmoil continuing to swirl within the public works department.
"We don't have adequate personnel, they don't have adequate equipment and they are doing the best they can with what they have," president of the united public service workers, Wesley Young said. The three men frustrated over months of attending city council to express their concerns, but not getting a sit down with the mayor or city leaders.
City Spokesperson George Talbot explained why: "The gentleman you all are referring to are not city employees and we're not going to engage in personnel discussions with people who are not employed by the city. We just wouldn't do that."
Talbot also said the city is taking threats of a hostile work environment in public works seriously and the mayor's office is always open to concerned city employees.
He said, "We're going to take any complaint like that very seriously and we are conducting an internal investigation of those complaints and meanwhile we're meeting with employees, we're meeting with the department leaders and trying to, first of all, make sure we're doing the job the citizens expect us to do which is pick up the garbage and trash."
Talbot said Peavy did meet with public works employees Monday at 4 pm to listen to any concerns.
Of the three public works employees who were under investigation, we're told two have returned to work, one still has not.
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