Raleigh city council agrees to review appeals process for fired employees

From staff reportsMarch 6, 2013 

A Raleigh City Council committee will review the appeals procedure for fired city employees after union members complained Tuesday that the process almost never results in an employee’s return to work.

Members of the N.C. Public Service Workers Union remain upset about the 2011 firing of Raleigh sanitation worker Shirley Venable, who was accused of threatening her boss. Venable has denied making threats and said she was ridiculed on the job after becoming a victim of domestic violence.

Ashaki Binta, a union organizer, asked the council to give Venable her job back and investigate the city’s Civil Service Commission. In November, the commission voted 3-2 in favor of Venable’s appeal, but a successful appeal requires four votes and two members were absent.

Council members said they won’t reopen the Venable case but will discuss the appeals process in an upcoming committee meeting.

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