Graham Johnson, Washington State Department Of Transportation, Baseball discussed on Ron and Don

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You have police story. I have a police storing ship police be stationed at baseball games to keep an eye on parents. We're terrible. Now that is the new plan in one city takes candy to nine eight nine seven three to find out. Why baseball parental violence is on the Bri. Are you making fun of that like I was kind of making fun of the fourth of July thing. No, it is a serious thing. All these parents think their scouts in the Sanders. Funny because that makes it really even worse because baseball participation is on the decline. Let's not do that. Choose your news vote now by texting candy, Mike or tied to nine eight nine seven three Graham Johnson's with this. Our news partners at car seven TV a story about people in the work. Washington State Department of transportation employees finding themselves at risk and threaten his address stand it because they've got to go into some areas where this homeless camp. So thanks for coming of the Katie Mike and Todd show Graham what's going on. You know, it's a tough situation because he's people just trying to do their job sense of what their job is. So these are the folks who maintain our highways they replaced guard rails. They inspect bridges they do preventative maintenance on traffic signals, basically, so things don't break down all of a sudden, and we all get into cham-. So they go out and their work takes, of course, alongside highways and also adhere changes and things like that. And they are increasingly having trouble with encountering hazardous materials. Possibly volatile people. Needle. That kind of thing or just a bunch of garbage that is sort of blocking their way to getting to where they need to go. For example, we went out with a guy who basically checks out traffic signal. He needs to get to these metal cabinet you probably pass by hundred times a day. Never really notice. Well, he goes out every so often to make sure that they're doing just fine. And he tells us that sometimes if there's some kind of a problem there he has to turn back and come back another time. So it affects the way our highways are maintained so Graham are these transportation workers Washington state transportation department, those workers are they being additionally compensated for these new hazards that they're encountering no, we don't know of any additional compensation. They certainly are basically realizing though that this is taking a lot of their time. And so one of the things that they are frustrated with these are people who signed on to maintain the highways, and so they are out there doing this. But sometimes they just can't get the job done because they realize what we're in. We're they encounter something. Dangerous and were someone dangerous, and they are trained to not engage with folks or to step back if there's a hazard, and so that air can be cleaned up. So they then leave, but these are folks who want to do the highway work and realize they're not cops, and they're not social workers. And so they know their limitations, and so they basically want to focus on her job. But it's it's increasingly challenging too. So so grim Johnson's with us our news partner car seven TV report tonight at five thirty get more details on this of Washington State Department transportation workers going outside of their duty Graham, I've talked to first responders who don't want to go to these camps. They don't want to go under the freeway. I've talked to people who are ambulance drivers or EMT's. They went to the police get there. I know cops. You don't want to go down there. So have they have these folks faced threats they faced they feel they're in physical danger in these in these areas, it really depends on the situation. I mean, some days they're doing just fine. They're able to get their work done and get in and get out. And and it's fine. Right. But there are times increasingly where they're not so considered where they definitely things are not going to simply in fact, a lot of times one of their concerns just as biohazard. So I talk with the guy who's worked for the state's transportation for a long time. He says, you know years ago, he would walk down the I five corridor and street shoes. But now it's just routine tells me to come in contact with human waste. So he says I would never walk down there, you know, without any big boots now. And so these are the kinds of things particularly a concern of folks who inspect bridges, so they need to sometimes get into tight spaces. Right. You go under a bridge small area. Not not not a nice place. And so did more to your question. There is that needs to be cleaned out first. But even the the assistant regional ministry for meetings tells me, okay, maybe cleaned out. But if it's you you're still going to hesitate getting down on your hands and knees and do this work. So yeah, they are. They're not thrilled about it grin is this. The new normal for Washington State Department of transportation workers. I mean, I don't think that's going to go over. Well, if you put it in the brochure. In terms of recruiting workers. Yeah. This is this is a challenge. I mean, the people I spoke with have been added for you know, a number of years. So it's even some decades. And this is not what they signed up to do. Right. And so that is there increasing concern with this is that they have these extra challenges. It's at the moment is sort of become the new normal, and we're talking up and down the I five corridor. Really all statewide though. They tell me do we found a lot of you know, reports from Seattle areas, you can imagine also Tacoma, there's Pearson thirsty counties as well. All right. So this is going to be a five thirty tonight seven TV, you get a lot more detail from that Graham Johnson. Appreciate you coming on the caney Mike in touch. Thanks very much for your time. My pleasure. Thank you so much..

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