In November 2018, following months of controversy, Bronx, N.Y.-based Sanitation Salvage surrendered its license and went out of business. Now, former employees of the company launched a protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day over unpaid wages.
One former employee, Troy Williams, told New York Daily News that Sanitation Salvage shorted him more than $100,000 in pay and benefits over a 13-year period. And another employee, Kenneth Hernandez, broke his finger on the job and claims that the company only offered him $300 per month in worker’s compensation.
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They worked hard in a demanding, physical job -- and they’re angry that they didn’t get paid by a Bronx carting company that shut down in November after its trucks killed two people.
“We should be entitled to what we’re owed,” said Troy Williams, 33, who claims Sanitation Salvage shorted him more than $100,000 in pay and benefits over the 13 years he was one of its trash haulers.
Williams and other ex-Sanitation Salvage workers plan a protest Monday on Martin Luther King Day. The workers remember that the day before his assassination in 1968, King delivered a speech in solidarity with striking sanitation workers in Memphis.
“The same things that Martin Luther King, Jr. was protesting years ago with trash workers are still happening today,” said Teamsters Local 813 organizer Allan Henry, who has been working with the trash haulers.