NEWARK - About 50 city sanitation workers protested in front of City Hall in Newark over alleged plans to privatize the department.

The workers gathered because today was a scheduled furlough day.

Glasco Morris, a 20-year veteran of the department, said he came out because he doesn?t want to lose his job.

Mayor Cory Booker issued a statement saying the city is exploring options for sanitation services that will reduce costs and provide jobs for current workers.

Police had to be called to the protest because demonstrators started blocking the street in front of City Hall. Police subsequently arrested two protesters, but have not disclosed why.