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Teamsters Strike Republic in MemphisTeamsters Strike Republic in Memphis

Allan Gerlat

January 28, 2013

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Teamsters Strike Republic in Memphis

The Teamsters have struck Republic Services Inc.’s waste and recycling hauling facility in Memphis, Tenn.

The Phoenix-based company said in a statement that customers’ waste and recycling will be collected. “There will be some delays, but service will be provided.”

Republic said it is putting a plan into action. “Many of our managers are out on routes, while additional Republic personnel are being brought in.”

The facility serves about 250,000 people in the greater Memphis area.

The company did not disclose the issues, and the Washington-based Teamsters were unavailable for immediate comment. Republic said in its statement that starting drivers in Memphis earn about $40,000 a year for Republic, and the average driver receives $58,000. Some of its senior employees make $85,000 a year.

Last year Republic had a work stoppage at two of its Alabama facilities and then enforced a lockout in Indiana. In Alabama the issue was health insurance; in Indiana it was pensions.



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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