With garbage strike possible Thursday, city officials monitor situation
March 29, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 29, 2010
City officials continue to monitor ongoing labor negotiations between the garbage haulers who pick up trash in Issaquah and contractors Waste Management and Allied Waste.
The city devoted a section of the municipal Web site to the ongoing labor negotiations, and city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan encouraged residents to check the site as negotiations unfold.
King and Snohomish counties haulers voted Sunday to call a strike if a contract dispute could not be settled by Thursday. The strike could begin as soon as midnight Wednesday, when the haulers’ contract expires.
If the haulers strike, the companies plan to recruit managers and nonunion personnel to continue service.
Negotiators from the garbage-pickup companies continue to meet at the bargaining table with representatives of Teamsters Local 174. If Local 174 strikes, members of Teamsters Local 117 will not cross the picket line.
Locals 117 and 174 represent more than 700 sanitation workers Waste Management and Allied Waste sanitation workers in King County.
Waste Management serves most of Issaquah. Allied Waste handles the area southwest of Lake Sammamish, including the South Cove neighborhood. The companies also serve Sammamish.