CalTrans plays a big role in cleaning up homeless camps. It’s messy, awful work.
According to the Sacramento Bee, it’s dangerous too and workers are demanding some protection.
According to the Bee, the union representing CalTrans maintenance workers filed a grievance against the department, contending that employees responsible for the massive cleanups are not being adequately protected.
In many instances, workers are not given appropriate protective gear, vaccinations, training or enough compensation for the “dangerous hazmat duties they are performing” on CalTrans property.
The grievance was filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Unit 12.
Workers are exposed to blood, needles, women’s feminine products and buckets filled with human feces, Who can blame the workers for not liking this?
The problem continues to get worse. CalTrans spent $29.2 million cleaning up encampments since fiscal 2012-13. CalTrans estimates the bill in 2016-17 to be more than $10 million – a 34 percent increase over the previous year – and involved all 12 regional districts.