Waste Management strike halts pickups for second dayon July 25, 2012 @ 9:33 am (Updated: 9:19 am - 7/26/12 )
Contract requests from Teamsters Local 117 include higher pay to match garbage drivers, who reportedly earn $9 more per hour than recycling drivers.
The union says the company is trying to unilaterally change working conditions, is threatening to retaliate against workers, and is bargaining in bad-faith.
"Waste Management has forced this labor dispute through its blatant disregard of U.S. law," said Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer, Tracey A. Thompson, in a news release. "Now they are on the verge of provoking a public health crisis. Waste Management needs to realize that this community will not sit idly by while they put our families at risk."
The 153 recycle and yard waste drivers have been working without a contract since May 31. Replacement drivers have been ready to take over since a strike vote was taken June 2.
"They are not bargaining in good faith. They are not returning to the table and it's time that we take action to get them to return to the table and bargain in good faith," said curbside yard waste driver Brent Barrett on the picket line.
"We're deeply dismayed that this is the choice that the union leadership took. It was an unnecessary, disappointing move," company spokeswoman Robin Freedman said.
Waste Management says if your area isn't on this list, assume your regular collection schedule.
You can call 1-800-230-7418 to report recycle, yard waste, and garbage service disruptions and visit www.seattletrashwatch.org for updates and information.
Sopranos Star Dies at 51
James Gandolfini, the actor famous for "The Sopranos", died suddenly in Italy
More to the Story
Liberace's ex-lover says the world will hear more of his story, and Michael Jackson's in there
A Skeptic's Doubts
An ESPN columnist doubts Russell Wilson will ever be elite
Bonneville Media encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comments can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior. We encourage your thoughtful comments which: have a positive and constructive tone, are on topic, are respectful toward others and their opinions. Bonneville reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.