Union trash haulers, Waste Management reach agreement

May 4, 2010

By Staff

Waste Management and trash haulers represented by the Teamsters Union reached a labor agreement last week, after a three-week standoff and brief strike.

The agreement resulted after intense negotiations between the garbage hauler and Teamsters Local 174.

“We are delighted to reach agreement on a new contract that delivers a solid compensation package to our hardworking and professional drivers,” Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang said in a statement. “Our drivers provide first-class service to our customers each and every day. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Teamsters that ensures uninterrupted service for our customers.”

Union garbage workers went on strike for less than 48 hours April 21. The company picks up garbage in most of Issaquah, except for the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods, where the city contracts with Allied Waste.

Waste Management employs more than 350 Teamster Local 174 drivers in King and Snohomish counties. The company serves more than 1 million customers in the combined area.

“Teamster drivers work hard and deserve fair compensation for the important work that they perform,” Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks said in a statement. “We are pleased to have negotiated a contract that recognizes the professionalism of our members.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine praised the agreement.

“A fair contract ensures that Waste Management customers throughout King County will continue to receive the service they expect, while both the company and its employees can enjoy a productive working relationship in the years to come,” he said in a statement.

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