‘Everyone’s going to be together’: Mayor Scott, business leaders and squeegee workers hold meeting to develop solutions

BALTIMORE — Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday convened a meeting of organization homeowners, town leaders and squeegee employees, hoping to locate solutions for the window washers.

Scott stated squeegee workers have been an situation for a long time, but what is new this time is that all the stakeholders are coming to the table. 

“This is about Baltimore –Baltimore failing to handle this problem, from a governing administration standpoint, from a business standpoint, local community standpoint, all people has failed to deal with this issue,” he said.

Town Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, who was in the assembly, stated about 50 folks, which include some squeegee employees, ended up present and attendees talked about transitioning window washers into jobs and how to maintain both equally younger men and women and motorists safe.

Donte Johnson, typical supervisor of Hotel Revival in Mount Vernon, was also inside of the space. 

“There was a good sum of time just spent acquiring to know who was in the place,” he stated.

Meetings will be held weekly heading forward.

Scott said stakeholders will maintain a dialogue with squeegee personnel “about why they have been out there, what occurs when they go out there, what components led to them staying out there.”

The mayor’s press conference came on the same day Baltimore police introduced a 15-year-outdated experienced been billed in the demise of Timothy Reynolds, the 48-calendar year-old male killed past 7 days in a confrontation with squeegee workers near Baltimore’s Internal Harbor.

Law enforcement at first mentioned Reynolds swung a baseball bat at the squeegee personnel but would not reply thoughts Thursday pertaining to Reynolds’ precise steps. 

And while some city council users have stated these staff have to go, all those washing windows have mentioned it’s really hard to wander away from the substantially-wanted income.

The mayor explained shifting them off the corners is not the response.

“Relocating Black people because they are there is what acquired Baltimore in the consent decree,” he said.

Johnson wrote an Op-Ed in the Baltimore Banner entitled: ‘Squeegee kids’ are Baltimore. They are our youthful men and women. And we have failed them.

In it, he described how Resort Revival has partnered with the city’s Mayor’s Business office of African American Male Engagement to build work possibilities for squeegee young children. 

In May well, WJZ spoke to Tavon Chavious, who squeegeed for 5 decades in Baltimore. But now, as a result of a partnership with the Mayor’s workplace Workplace of American American Male Engagement, he is a home attendant at Hotel Revival. Chavious states he loves his work. 

Johnson, the hotel’s basic supervisor, stated Thursday’s conference and subsequent meetings must end result in “an education for each the neighborhood and the younger men and women, and ideally some behavioral adjustments on both equally sides.” 

Johnson described the summit as encouraging.

“This was the beginning of a conversation that I think is heading to be extensive and difficult and tough, and hopefully unpleasant but effective,” he claimed.

Amber

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