PEORIA - Local code enforcement workers say they are ready to fight for their jobs.
Peoria code enforcement and building inspection workers held a town hall meeting at Peoria's Labor Temple Wednesday to speak against a new city proposal. The city is thinking about subcontracting jobs to a private company.
The city says too many area buildings are in poor condition and have been boarded up for too long. However, inspectors say the problem is not them.
Sherry Carter-Allen, AFSCME 3464 president, says they're job is to inspect and determine if a home should come down, and that decision is finalized by the judicial system.
Union workers say the problem exists somewhere in between that process.
"There's a lot of things that happen between there. So it makes it look like the code enforcement officers aren't doing their job, when in fact we are doing our job and doing it well," said Carter-Allen. "We're saying we're doing our job. Now management, city council, we need your help to help us and the judicial system to get this house down and clear."
The union agrees something needs to be done, but says outsourcing jobs would cost nearly 20 jobs and only hurt the city and tax payers in the long run.