‘Treated like garbage’: Sanitation workers want pay fix

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Sanitation workers in a Kentucky city want to fix a pay issue that’s causing new employees to earn more than those who have been with the department for decades.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports city sanitation workers asked the city council Thursday for the same pay scale program seen in the police department. That “step” program allows employees to earn more based on factors including years of service.

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The president of the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees chapter, Dion Henry, says workers have been “treated like garbage” when they complained about the pay disparity. Mayor Jim Gray and Vice Mayor Steve Kay say they will investigate.

Other council members say legislation has been passed to address the issue and are upset at the lack of impact.