Teamster sanitation workers bring republic services strike to Seattle
THE NATIONS SECOND LARGEST SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING COMPANY “REPUBLIC SERVICES/ALLIED WASTE” HAS ARRIVED AT WORK IN SEATTLE, BELLEVUE, LYNNWOOD AND KENT TO FIND PICKET LINES OUTSIDE THE FACILITIES.
Members of Teamster Local 991 had arrived from Mobile, Ala. To extend picket lines to area facilities. Also, members of Teamster Joint Council 28 as well as community supporters who put up sympathy pickets as well.. However, Republic workers at these facilities which included 250 members of Teamsters Local 117 and 174, 38 and 763 refused to cross the lines.
On March the 22nd, workers in Mobile went on strike, which included two workers who are not members of Teamster Local 991. The reason for this strike is due to labor laws violations. In the month of February, negotiators originally agreed to a contract, however, they later backed out when they decided they wanted to pay less for workers’ families’ health care coverage.
Literally hours after Mobile workers went on strike, Republic Services workers in Columbus, Ohio and Buffalo, N.Y. which included members of Locals 284 in Columbus and 449 in Bufffalo. The workers refused to cross sympathy picket lines in support of the Mobile strikers. The two cities that use the Republic’s trash and recycling work in those two cities were effectively shut down from Friday to Monday. As a result, the picket lines are spreading throughout the country, where the Teamsters nearly have 150 contracts.
Up to date, more than 400 Teamsters represented drivers and helpers have now honored picket lines at Republic Services at these facilities.