Goldsboro city workers seeking better pay, on-the-job protections during coronavirus outbreak
Posted May 12, 2020 8:42 p.m. EDT
Updated May 12, 2020 10:26 p.m. EDT
Goldsboro, N.C. — Goldsboro city workers are demanding better pay and protection on the job in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers began their march to city hall after holding a protest there. City workers said they’ve spent months asking the city manager for proper PPE and hazard pay. They eventually took their concerns inside.
Workers took their concerns into the city hall building and waited for Goldsboro City Manager Tim Salmon. He eventually came down and talked with a city worker who works in Greensboro but is standing alongside Goldsboro city workers.
The worker presented the city manager a letter with safety measures they want to see put into place. WRAL attempted to gain an interview with Salmon by phone and email before attempting to talk with him after he met with the workers.
"You need to leave," Salmon said. "You haven't been appointment only."
When asked about addressing the concerns of the workers, Salmon said "I've listened to the concerns right here" as he held the information he was given.
A city spokesperson released a statement Tuesday evening that said:
"The City of Goldsboro has taken several steps to ensure that our employees have a safe and healthy working environment, including providing appropriate PPE for employees, limiting public access to our facilities, offering telework arrangements, and installing hand sanitizer stations and social distancing signs throughout all our facilities."