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Tow truck operators consider striking against the city of Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Tow truck operators and drivers considered going on strike against JPD and the city of Jackson.  Representatives from a number of local wrecker services met at a restaurant in Flowood Sunday evening.

They disagree with the city of Jackson's proposed rotation agreement.  Currently, there are 16 towing companies on the rotation the police department uses for abandoned vehicles, when working a wreck or need a car removed following a crime.  Trey Ward, owner of Ward's Wrecker Service, said the new agreement contradicts itself and does not increase prices for their services.

"Since 1997 to 2010 that's 13 years of no price increase.  Everything else is raised, DUIs, tickets, all that stuff yet we've seen no price increase.  What we're asking for is not outrageous. It's just to match other counties in surrounding areas," said Ward.

Tow truck operators said they don't want to strike, but are considering that option because city council members have ceased negotiations.  Representatives from local wrecker companies plan to go before the council at Monday's work session.

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