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Sanitation workers drum up support for historic pension vote

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Monday morning sanitation workers drummed up support for a historic vote that would give city pensions to those Memphis workers and replace old trucks. Monday morning sanitation workers drummed up support for a historic vote that would give city pensions to those Memphis workers and replace old trucks.
Workers used the event to focus on their aging equipment, in addition to pushing for their pensions. Workers used the event to focus on their aging equipment, in addition to pushing for their pensions.
Officials say another part of the deal would help generate funds for a supplemental retirement plan for workers. Officials say another part of the deal would help generate funds for a supplemental retirement plan for workers.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - On the day that America honor labor, AFSCME union workers' bosses and city leaders toured the aging fleet of sanitation trucks. Monday morning sanitation workers drummed up support for a historic vote that would give city pensions to those Memphis workers and replace old trucks.

Their rally was aimed at illustrating their point to the citizens of Memphis.

Veteran workers like Keith Johnson talked about safety problems.

"It's stuff all leaking out the back of it ... When you get there you can fall, slip and fall," he said.

Members of AFSCME Local 1733 hosted the event Monday at the solid waste management building on North Bellevue. Workers used the event to focus on their aging equipment, in addition to pushing for their pensions.

"We're being asked to approve an additional [$2.25] a month," said councilman Myron Lowery.

A deal would allow the city to buy trucks that automatically recycle. Workers agreed to 100 extra daily stops.

The Memphis City Council is voting on the deal Tuesday that would allow sanitation workers to retire with pensions. As part of the agreement, Memphians will not get a planned cut to their monthly sanitation fee.

"So we're going to get $3.5 million just right off the bat by reducing to compliment by 80-positions," said Dwan Gillom with city sanitation department.

Sanitation officials say no permanent full-time employees will lose their jobs as a result of these changes, however they say some temporary employees might

Officials say another part of the deal would help generate funds for a supplemental retirement plan for workers.

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