Clarkson's city council staff returns to work after Friday walkout

Clarkson's city council staff returns to work after Friday walkout

City Council President Jackie Clarkson in file photo

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Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 10:41 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - The staff of City Council President Jackie Clarkson is back on the job Monday morning after staging a walkout on Friday, apparently upset with their boss, who made no apologies for pushing her staff.

A call to Clarkson's office Monday confirmed that staff members were back on the job.

All five full-time staff members walked out after Thursday's council meeting and did not show up to work on Friday.

"I push everybody hard. I'm hard to work for I don't deny that," said Clarkson, in an interview with WWL-TV's Tania Dall at City Hall on Friday.

Clarkson confirmed that during Thursday's City Council meeting tensions mounted between her and her staff.

"I was just giving orders: do that, do this, be here, be there.  And they're just tired of that. They didn't like it and they told me so," said Clarkson.

In response to Thursday's meeting, Clarkson's staff walked out and didn't return to work on Friday.

"It's unusual to have a staff mutiny in terms of the entire staff walking out. What that speaks to is the work place culture," said Pollster & Research Strategist  Dr. Silas Lee. He says such negative publicity and an extended staff walk out can negatively impact Clarkson's council at-large office responsibilities.

"It's something she wants to resolve quickly because that can impact how she delivers and responds to the needs of constituents," added Lee.

As Clarkson prepares for retirement when her term ends in May, the career politician maintains there is no quitting now.

"May 2014, I'm history. I have several big things on my agenda still to accomplish, and so I'm going to push everybody hard," added Clarkson.

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