| NJ.com by David Glambusso
NEWARK— About 40 Newark sanitation workers gathered in the chilly pre-dawn hours on their furlough day today to pick up the city's garbage for free, but were barred from getting to their trucks by city administrators.
The move comes just weeks before 251 sanitation workers are scheduled to be laid off, their jobs likely outsourced to private companies. After Mayor Cory Booker recently urged residents to volunteer their time to help the city through its financial crisis, the sanitation workers gathered on their furlough day to pick up residents' bulk garbage. They stood for more than an hour outside the locked gates on Pennsylvania Avenue before giving up and going home, but they want city residents to hear their message.
"People need to come out and help us," said James Bass, a dispatcher who urged fellow residents to show support for the sanitation workers. "We're the ones that keep it clean for them. They're the ones who need to come out."