Garbage strike averted

April 13, 2010

The trash haulers responsible for the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods lifted the threat of a strike April 11 and approved a new contract with garbage company Allied Waste.

Allied Waste had reached a tentative agreement with the haulers’ union March 31.

Meanwhile, the company responsible for most of Issaquah, Waste Management, awaits a decision from haulers. Haulers for the company continued to work without a contract April 11. The haulers’ contract expired at midnight March 31, and haulers had authorized a strike.

Teamsters Local 174 negotiators rejected what Waste Management described as the “best, last, final offer” in early April.

Issaquah officials devoted a section of the municipal Web site, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us, to the labor situation, and the city encouraged residents to check the site. Waste Management also directed questions about trash pickup to the company Web site, www.wmnorthwest.com. Read more

Trash pickup continues despite strike threat

April 6, 2010

Garbage pickup continued as usual last week, although trash haulers and Waste Management failed to reach a deal for a labor pact.

The haulers’ contract expired at midnight March 31, and trash workers had authorized a strike. Although Waste Management and Teamsters Local 174 continue to work toward a final agreement, union officials said drivers should continue to report to work. Waste Management officials said the company plans to hire nonunion workers to continue trash service uninterrupted in the event of a strike.

Waste Management negotiators delivered what the company described as the “best, last, final offer” to Local 174 late last week.

If Local 174 strikes, members of Teamsters Local 117 will not cross the picket line. Local 174 members handle garbage; members of Local 117 pick up recyclables and yard waste.

Issaquah officials continue to monitor the situation. The city devoted a section of the municipal Web site to the labor talks, and city spokeswoman Autumn Monahan encouraged residents to check the site as negotiations unfold. Read more

With garbage strike delayed, Waste Management asks residents to put out trash as usual

April 1, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 1, 2010

Garbage should be picked up as usual Thursday, after trash haulers and Waste Management agreed to continue labor negotiations.

The haulers’ contract expired at midnight Wednesday. Although Waste Management and Teamsters Local 174 continue to negotiate a final agreement, union officials said drivers should report to work Thursday. The parties agreed to continue negotiating early Thursday morning.

“We are happy that talks are continuing and look forward to participating in a full day of bargaining focused on a deal,” Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang said in a statement posted on the company Web site.

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With garbage strike possible Thursday, city officials monitor situation

March 29, 2010

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.

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