An organization that says it represents Charlotte city workers plans to protest the City Council on Monday, claiming the city has unfair working conditions and unjust compensation policies.
A news release sent Sunday night by email from the Charlotte City Workers Union, chapter of UE150 announced the protest – a month before the Democratic National Convention – at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Government Center, 600 East Fourth St.
However, the City Council was not scheduled to meet on Monday. Also, though the group called itself the Charlotte City Workers Union and UE 150 is a public service workers union, the city does not engage in collective bargaining with its workers.
Al Locklear, the president of the Charlotte chapter of the union, did not return a phone message seeking comment late Sunday. Kim McMillan, a city spokeswoman, could not be reached late Sunday.
The group also sent an open letter to President Obama, Gov. Bev Perdue and state, national and local Democratic party affiliates. “As the Democratic National Committee continues its preparation for the National Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte … thousands of public sector workers, first responders, and other public service providers in the City of Charlotte and throughout the state of North Carolina are being denied basic and fundamental worker’s rights,” the letter reads.
Specifically, city workers want a workers’ bill of rights, which would guarantee they receive “decent working conditions and be paid a decent wage for their hard work,” according to a press release. They also want union representation in grievance hearings and a payroll deduction for workers who choose to join the union.
The open letter says the city consistently engages in unfair disciplinary action, doling out monthlong suspensions for what the union calls minor infractions. It also criticizes the city’s compensation policies.
“Wage increases for City workers are kept low or nonexistent while managers and supervisors have been granted thousands of dollars in pay increases and benefits.”