Mount Vernon municipal workers demand city pay for overtime wages

More than two dozen members of Teamsters Local 456 gathered on the steps of Mount Vernon City Hall to voice their outrage next to a giant rat as a symbol of union strength.

News 12 Staff

Mar 4, 2021, 12:41 AM

Updated 1,196 days ago

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Municipal workers in Mount Vernon are rallying once again, demanding the city pay them for overtime wages worked.
More than two dozen members of Teamsters Local 456 gathered on the steps of Mount Vernon City Hall to voice their outrage next to a giant rat as a symbol of union strength.
DPW workers say they have not gotten paid for overtime hours worked since early December.
Municipal workers are targeting the city's comptroller as the official responsible for their unpaid wages. 

Comptroller Deborah Reynolds lays the blame squarely on the mayor saying:

 "Mayor Patterson-Howard and her administration violated the labor law by allowing DPW to work overtime, knowing her city's 2021 budget was not adopted until Wednesday. Her failure to do her job creates this type of hostile environment."
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard says she stands with the union members, saying in part, 
"It's a shame that the comptroller tries to vilify our workers and deny them their OT."




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