Union files grievance against Caltrans over homeless camp cleanup

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- An engineers union in April filed a grievance alleging that Caltrans isn’t providing the right protective equipment or training for workers cleaning up homeless encampments.

In a letter, the International Union of Operating Engineers says Caltrans is not providing the appropriate personal protective equipment, necessary training, necessary vaccinations and compensation for dangerous hazmat duties.

The grievance goes on to state several solutions to the reported problems:

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  • That Caltrans establish special crews to handle the cleanup
  • That it’s voluntary for workers be assigned to the crews
  • That Caltrans properly outfit the workers to perform the cleanup
  • That Caltrans provide vaccinations for the workers
  • That Caltrans provide hazmat training to workers who will be handling the cleanup
  • That Caltrans pay workers an additional 10 percent while cleaning up the encampments

Caltrans responded with the below statement after the grievance was filed:

“Safety is a top priority for Caltrans and we will carefully review the grievance.”

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