Union trash haulers, Waste Management reach agreement

May 4, 2010

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.”

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City Council OKs trash pickup contract

April 27, 2010

Greenwood Point and South Cove residents will soon pay a few cents more — less than $1 in most cases — for trash-collection service.

City Council members OK’d a contract with garbage hauler Allied Waste last week. The deal allows for reductions in garbage-cart rental fees, additional options for yard-waste service, curbside electronics recycling and universal garbage carts, or standardized carts meant to make trash pickup more efficient.

“This is a pretty good deal to get the contract renewed with Allied Waste, and I think for the residents in the area that this is going to affect, it’s definitely a good bargain,” Councilman Joshua Schaer said April 19, before the unanimous decision.

The contract takes effect May 1, and runs through February 2016.

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Garbage strike ends without snag

April 27, 2010

Union trash haulers went on strike against Waste Management for less than 48 hours last week.

The strike ended before most Issaquah residents noticed changes to garbage service. Waste Management serves most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a company unaffected by the strike — hauls garbage in the southwestern corner of the city.

The union said haulers returned to work without conditions “to prevent a public health crisis” and reduce service disruptions.

Representatives for Waste Management and the union, Teamsters Local 174, planned to reopen labor negotiations. The dispute centered on medical benefits.

“These are positive developments and I’m glad to see both sides returning to the bargaining table,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement issued after haulers returned to work. “I believe the parties can work toward reaching a fair and equitable resolution.”

The contract for Waste Management haulers expired March 31. Union negotiators rejected what Waste Management described as the “best, last, final offer” in early April.

Allied Waste, the hauler responsible for Greenwood Point and South Cove, reached a labor deal with workers April 11. The company also serves Klahanie and Mirrormont in unincorporated King County.

Union trash haulers offer to end strike

April 22, 2010

NEW — 4:05 p.m. April 22, 2010

Waste Management trash haulers represented by the Teamsters Union offered to return to work at midnight Friday.

The union said haulers plan to return to work without conditions “to prevent a public health crisis” and reduce service disruptions.

Waste Management trash haulers represented by Teamsters Local 174 went on strike Wednesday morning. The company picks up garbage in most of Issaquah, except for the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods. Altogether, Waste Management serves more than 1 million customers across King and Snohomish counties.

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Officials urge Waste Management, union to resolve garbage strike

April 21, 2010

UPDATED — 5:10 p.m. April 21, 2010

King County leaders urged a quick settlement to the strike against Waste Management by garbage haulers represented by Teamsters Local 174.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn sent a joint letter to Waste Management and the union Wednesday.

Waste Management trash haulers represented by the Local 174 went on strike Wednesday morning. The company picks up garbage in most of Issaquah, except for the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods. Altogether, Waste Management serves more than 1 million customers across King and Snohomish counties.

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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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