Allan Gerlat, News Editor

January 30, 2013

1 Min Read
Shot Fired in Air During Republic Strike

A shot was fired in the air at Republic Services Inc. ‘s Memphis, Tenn., area facility by an employee during a strike that began Jan. 28.

A non-striking worker at the Phoenix-based Republic’s Millington, Tenn., operation said he felt threatened by striking picketers, Republic said in a statement. As a result, he took out a weapon he had with him and fired a shot into the air.

“Firearms are strictly prohibited on our property,” the company said. “As a result, the employee was immediately suspended as we work with the police to fully investigate this incident. Republic has and will continue to take all reasonable steps to protect our employees.”

Neither Republic nor the Washington-based Teamsters, representing the workers, have commented on the issues behind the dispute.


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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