Sanitation workers in Pittsburgh have had enough with the lack of protective gear and are now refusing to work.
“Garbage could be piling up across the city of Pittsburgh as sanitation workers refused to report for work on Wednesday morning.
Some of them said they are not being given enough protective gear as the coronavirus continues to spread through the area.
The parking lot of the city’s sanitation building was packed with men and women who are usually out on trucks.
They have a list of demands for the city before they continue their work.
‘I say if we don’t pick up your rubbish, what’re you going to do with it?’ Asked Pittsburgh Environmental Services employee Tom Foley.
Emotions ran high as dozens of sanitation workers for the city refused to go to work on Wednesday.
‘We are risking our lives, we could be contaminated as well,’ said Sheldon White.
Deemed essential services during the statewide shutdown, White said the least the city could do is give the workers the protection they need to do their jobs.
‘We want better equipment, better protective gear, we have no masks,’ he explained. ‘We want hazard pay.’
Their concerns over the spreading coronavirus continue to rise. Foley said one of the worker’s wife is quarantined and they were never notified.
‘There’s several people here who are diabetic, including myself, so if I catch this I could die,’ Foley said. ‘There’s a bunch of people, how many of you are diabetic?'”
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