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Gadsden County seniors to end strike at Quincy center

After weeks of striking, Gadsden County senior citizens say they'll return to the senior center in Quincy
Posted: 7:05 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 23:05:12Z
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GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — After weeks of striking, Gadsden County senior citizens say they'll return to the senior center in Quincy.

The seniors said they wanted changes at the board of Gadsden Senior Services Inc., which runs the center.

It looks like the four members who've stayed past their terms will resign on Friday. Otherwise, the agency that funds the board will stop giving them money and find a new provider.

Several residents celebrated the news after a two-hour special meeting Thursday. People who go to the senior center in Quincy said they've been mistreated for a long time and they wanted new leadership from the board of directors.

The board chair said she will resign at an emergency meeting on Thursday. That will likely lead to others stepping down to avoid losing control of operations.

For senior Willie Scott, he described the whole journey as a "rollercoaster."

"We talked about things that goes on and goes on, but we never make action. This time, it had been going on for months and months, and at the last commissioner meeting, we said if this continues, we're going to do a strike," said Scott. "There's 35 ladies that come to that senior citizens center, and they all agreed they were going to walk out. And we walked out and everything has been a success."

County commissioners were considering taking over operations of the senior center, but now, that doesn't look likely.

The Gadsden Senior Services board meeting is Friday at 9:00 a.m.

The seniors said they'll be back at the center Monday morning.