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Garbage haulers to return to work at midnight

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on April 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm with 9 Comments »
April 22, 2010 5:58 pm

Striking garbage haulers said they will return to work at midnight tonight in King County without a settlement with Waste Management.

The garbage workers’ union and Waste Management agreed to resume bargaining Monday morning, meeting with a federal mediator.

“We are glad the Teamsters have announced that they will return to work tomorrow, but feel that this unfortunate situation could have been avoided entirely had the union simply responded to our earlier request to meet,” said Jackie Lang of Waste Management. “We look forward to our drivers returning to work tomorrow to provide Friday collection services as scheduled.”

Representatives of Teamsters Local 174 said they expect 700 area garbage haulers will resume normal operations Friday morning to catch up on the backlog created by Wednesday’s work stoppage.

The union said garbage workers who service King and Snohomish County will return to work unconditionally at midnight to prevent a public health crisis and to minimize service disruptions to area businesses and residents.

“The public comes first,” said Ewart Grove Jr., a 25-year Waste Management employee.

In South King County, Waste Management picks up garbage in Federal Way, Auburn, Algona, Pacific and in many unincorporated areas.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. sapperoif says:

    I had hoped they got locked out. Greedy, greedy, greedy. Find that pay somewhere else. What a joke.

  2. observations says:

    looks like somebody in the union realized that there is a job shortage nationwide and that there were more than enough folks willing to do the job for less and do so willingly. the drivers are way overpaid; waste management ought to take advantage of this and tell them to skip on planning for any annual increase in pay or benefits. i agree with sapperoif: greedy, greedy, greedy

  3. observations says:

    P.S. I love that comment “the public comes first”…. what a bunch of (unprintable). they are returning out of fear, not compassion.

  4. WCrain10 says:

    Management had made a Last, Best and Final offer a couple of weeks ago and refused to return to the table. That’s why the Teamsters went out, Management refused to bargain. Nice to see that WMA blinked first and agreed to keep negotiations open. That’s all the Teamsters wanted, was a chance to bargain.

  5. richroby says:

    Some people seem to be jealous of unions. It is because of our courage and solidarity that we have decent wages and benefits. I wish the teamsters had the nads to stay out. Then anyone not getting their trash picked up can go drop it off on front of the waste management office. If people could only understand that when a company is making record profits (no matter what the economy) the employees should not be shafted but rewarded. Look at their CEO who was just on that undercover boss show saying he was going to take care of his employees. Yeah right! Get down here and do it you pos

  6. Pat_riot says:

    If I was the head of Waste Management I would have just fired all these greedy selfish bums and hired a new non -union crew. You hear that, you’re over paid and obviously don’t realize how good you have it. Grow up and be thankful for what you have in these days of layoffs.. losers.. God I hate unions.

  7. Are all you anti-union rubes stupid enough not to realize the benefits unionized work has had on NON-unionized work? Non-union laborers are able to get benefits such as medical insurance and retirements from their employers. Unionized jobs drive up wages, even for the non-unionized. Work laws such as child labor, breaks & lunches, and hours worked in a day or week were all initially championed by unionized labor. Before you regurgitate anti-union party’s hateful (and misleading) rhetoric, do research YOURSELF to find the facts.

  8. Whatever1214 says:

    Isn’t it amazing how seeing a line of 1,500 people eager to take over your job tends to focus your attention on the job you already have. Especially when it is not really a high skill job that requires years of schooling or experience.

  9. bullman120 says:

    I don’t understand why there is so much hostility towards unions, If you don’t want to join a union you don’t have to. unions only make up 18 percent of the jobs in America. I know you ll say “but they are the best jobs”. and ill say, “that’s because they are union jobs”.

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