Waste Management Agrees to Seattle Settlement Over Strike

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

September 25, 2012

1 Min Read
Waste Management Agrees to Seattle Settlement Over Strike

Waste Management Inc. has agreed to pay $1.24 million to the city of Seattle over missed waste and recycling collection during an eight-day worker strike starting in late July.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said in a news release the settlement money will be shared by residents and businesses impacted by the strike. Residential accounts will receive credits of $10 on their bill, while condominiums, businesses and apartments will receive a $50 credit per dumpster account.

Waste Management's service areas include 90,000 households, 2,200 apartments and 4,500 businesses. Services to these customers were delayed from 5 to 12 days as a result of the strike.

McGinn said Waste Management worked hard to resume service and cooperated with the city to reach a prompt settlement.

Teamsters Local 117 ratified a six-year contract Aug. 2 after about 500 workers went out on strike over the compensation package July 25.



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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