City employee blows whistle on TV-watching workers

City employee blows whistle on TV-watching workers

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NOW ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES. ANDREW: HE SAYS HE SAW CITY EMPLOYEES WATCHING TV DURING WORK HOURS AND PULLED THE PLUG ON THEM. WENDY: HE SAYS THEY KEPT SLACKING ON THE JOB UNTIL HE CALLED ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER PAUL VAN OSDOL NOW, HE SPOKE WITH A MAN WHO IS BLOWING THE WHISTLE HERE. REPORTER: THAT’S RIGHT. PITTSBURGH PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE MIKE TANNER TELLS ME HE COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SOME OF HIS FELLOW EMPLOYEES WERE ALLOWED TO WATCH TV ALL DAY WHILE HE AND OTHERS WERE HARD AT WORK SO HE TURNED OFF THE TV UNPLUGGED IT AND COMPLAINED TO SUPERVISORS BUT HE SAYS NOTHING HAPPENED, NOTHING THAT IS UNTIL THOSE SUPERVISORS GOT WORD THAT HE HAD CALLED ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES. THIS VIDEO SHOWS A TV TURNED ON AT A HAZELWOOD RECYCLING CENTER RUN BY PITTSBURGH PUBLIC WORKS. HERE AN EMPLOYEE IS WATCHING THE TV. MIKE TANNER, A TRACTOR OPERATOR FOR PUBLIC WORKS SHOT THE IMAGES AFTER HE SAYS HE GOT SICK AND TIRED OF SEEING SOME OF HIS COWORKERS WATCHING TV ALL THE TIME.>>TO SIT AND WATCH A CITY EMPLOYEE GET PAID DAY AFTER DAY AND DO NOTHING BUT SIT AT A DESK, EAT LUNCH, AND WATCH TV I DON’T UNDER THAT KIND OF JOB TITLE. WHY DON’T YOU PAY THEM SITTING AT HOME EUFPLTS TANNER DID ? REPORTER: TANNER DID NOT SIT MY IDLY HE TOOK OBJECTION.>>ALL I DID THE FIRST TIME WAS DISCONNECT THE CABLE. REPORTER: WHEN EMPLOYEES COULD NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO RECONNECT THE CABLE TANNER SAYS THEY CALLED COMCAST.>>WELL I PULLED THE POWER CORD OFF THE CABLE BOX AND PUT IT IN THE FOREMAN’S ROOM. REPORTER: WHICH DID NOT MAKE TANNER POPULAR WITH HIS FELLOW EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING THIS WOMAN WHO AGREED TO SPEAK WITH ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES BUT REFUSED TO GIVE HER NAME. HE SAYS HE DOESN’T THINK CITY EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE WATCHING TV, WHAT DOES HE THINK?>>WHO HE IS? HE’S NOBODY’S BOY. REPORTER: SID THAT . REPORTER: DID THAT UPSET YOU WHEN HE CAME IN TELLING YOU NOW THE TO WATCH TV.>>HE’S JUST A. [BLEEP] I DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION. REPORTER: WHEN TANNER TOLD THE SUPERVISOR HE GOT JUMPED ON SO TANNER COMPLAINED TO ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES. THE NEXT DAY THE TV DISAPPEARED.>>THE TV USED TO BE ON A SHELF THAT WAS RIGHT HERE BUT THAT SHELF IS NOW GONE, AND THE TV IS NOW GONE. ALL WE CAN SEE IS THE CABLE RIGHT THERE. REPORTER: IN A STATEMENT PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR MIKE TKPWABL SAID  GABLE THE TV AT THE HAZELWOOD WAS NOT BEING USED PROPERLY AND SO HE REMOVED IT. HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT.>>I GOT A WRITE UP AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY I WOULD GET A WRITE UP BECAUSE I SEE WASTE. REPORTER: THAT SHOULD NEVER WASTE.>>THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE WAY THAT THINGS HAVE TO GET DONE. REPORTER: MAYOR FUTURE R-R SAY DUTY SAYS HE WANTS EMPLOYEES TO REPORT ABUSE WHEN HE SEES IT GOING AS FAR UP THE CHAIN AS NEED BE.>>AT THE END OF THE DAY A CITY EMPLOYEE THAT SEES SOMETHING WRONG AND DOESN’T GET RESOLUTION FALLS AT MY FEET AS WELL. REPORTER: A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MAYOR SAYS THAT TANNER HAS NOT BEEN FORMALLY DISCIPLINED BUT JUST THIS MORNING TANNER WAS ISSUED A NOTICE OF POSSIBLE DISCIPLINARY ACTION, THE ALLEGED OFFENSE, SPEAKING WITH ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES.

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  1. You go, Big Mike! You did the right thing! But, people who are lazy at work will just find a new way to be lazy. Great job!

  2. For all of y'all mad. Y'all just jealous that y'all don't have a job where you can get paid while watching TV. I'm a security guard, I watch Netflix and Hulu all day 😎😎. #LifeChoices #Stophateing

  3. And than an Hispanic man comes in asking for a job gets the job done and this type of Americans complain about stealing their jobs. But are just lazy and wanna get free money for making money

  4. You should see what happens when you rat fink on co workers drinking at the bar while on the clock. Even worse is what happens when you rat fink on drunken adultery in an employee toilet.

  5. City employees pay taxes he has every right to complain because he is a worker and he’s also their boss because they are public servants and so is he But he is also a member of the public that pays taxes

  6. I know it's much later, and time has gone by. Upper management, you got caught with your, proverbial pants down. Guess you should have listened to him and taken ACTION! Doing ANYTHING retributive, which it seems like all you care about (looking stupid) is SETTING YOURSELF up for LEGAL ACTION…Against your foolish selves. 😂😂😂

  7. Also..BEG Mr. Tanner to show You (upper management) what WORK ETHIC IS….That is, when YOU ALSO TOSS OUT YOUR TV.

  8. No one likes a snitch lol I think they were watching tv in their lunch break, you can hear it clearly when he was talking, he said eating their lunch and watching tv.

  9. A real Class Act welcome to Pittsburgh all right that's an Obama Town they're all Democrats they should get paid for not working that's right Democratic socialists Pittsburgh that's right

  10. I worked private security at the Tulsa Civic Center & the Tulsa Maintenance Vehicle building. Oh yeah, they had TVs with cable no doubt & watched TV during work hours. Never in a hurry to do anything.

  11. Tanner did not do the right thing and should have been disciplined! You follow the chain of command; the news media is NOT in your chain of command!

  12. Ms. "i dont want to give my name but its on my jacket" seems to be a fine city employee we need more like her. 👈Sarcasm

  13. It's all who you know, bet most of those people have relatives or friends in the higher up, how about no family work together, he got wrote up cause he's not a part of the problem, I'm sure he will be fired.

  14. When you hear the government talk about the new green deal and evironmental this and that and all them programs ..watch out!

  15. And I've been trying to get a job with the city because I want to work improving my neighborhood! These people should be fired and the city can find people who WANT to work!

  16. Good job sir for bringing that the citizens attention. I don't care if they are black and white or green or blue. Lazy is lazy and they were lazy. It's plenty of people that needs jobs.

  17. At this rate, just do at least some work not TV all the time, even with the TV on just move around to get some things done and get back to the TV, even better, just use a DVR at home to watch your TV at home while you do your job at work and the DVR will get you the stuff time shifted down to the later hours or even change around the work hours if that is acceptable. How can we rely on the recycling programs to provide us with the materials to remake the products at lower energy costs if the person with said job just sits down and does nothing? TV technology has evolved to the point where you can do anything to get it anywhere, heck you can watch on your phone while doing the job would be much better.

  18. you kidding, every state has a ton of city employees robbing tax payers and what get me when its time for a raise they pound their chest say they deserve a raise. fkn incredible.

  19. Without any pressure all people get lazy, everyone hates the pressure but you can't suppress it to the point that a snitch has to arise lol

  20. Does anyone realize how much money could be saved if everybody did their job. Instead of hiring more people just require people to do their job.

  21. is that why tanner blew the whistle, so he could get a promotion? there's always more to the story then what you see.

  22. Thar whistle blower will now be a target for all kinds of revenge. He should have written an unsigned letter to the reporters

  23. TVs that work are not allowed in the recycling centre unless they’re broken. Those employees who watched TV on the job should be jailed as well as fired because it’s against the law. Besides, I don’t like television.

  24. WHY IS EVERYONE UPSET THIS IS TYPICAL GOVERNMENT WORKER'S THERE ALL LAZY FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL MOST OF THEM GOT THERE JOB'S THREW THE WELFARE TO WORK PROGRAM

  25. Rock On Tanner.
    They Wrote Ya Up to Be Set-Up to Be Fired in the Near Future.
    Ya Gotta Show Up for Work On Time from Now on, & Give them NO Reason to Fire Ya.

    Get Ya a BodyCam like LawEnforcement & Wear That Thing the Whole Time You're On TheClock.

    I Know How it Feels to Be Sick&Tired of Feeling like the Only Person at Work that Actually Works.

  26. This is why your taxes keep going up. The city can do very well with half the money that we pay in taxes right now if they work properly but no….. who is gonna hold them accountable?

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