La Grulla Employees Back at Work

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Employees from the water department, trash collection service and other areas tell us they did not walk out on Friday. they say they were sent home because people in charge of taking calls for the needed services walked out. But they returned to work this morning.

Confusion of power, that's what they said drove them to leave without notice Friday afternoon. A city employee who quit Friday told us the mayor and city commissioners have been in a power battle for months. “He’s the mayor but the other guys jump in so we don't know what to do. They both got together and jumped over him. Nobody comes to him anymore.”

City Commissioner, Joel Zarate, reassured us that in fact, there are several disagreements between the mayor and commissioners. ”He thinks he's all mighty. What he says goes. The commissioners don't count.”

Zarate wants to work in unison. He says since all three city officials make up the city council, they should be able to work together. The police department which is operating with only 5 officers has also had difficulties with the city council. “We do have concerns as to who do we take orders. At times, one party will say something. There’s a little confusion we're trying to resolve.”

The three who left and closed the city hall Friday afternoon without warning, they say they returned to work because having a job is more important than to be unemployed during these tough economic times.

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