Sponsored By

Workers Strike at Waste Management Operations in Seattle Area

Allan Gerlat

July 26, 2012

1 Min Read
Workers Strike at Waste Management Operations in Seattle Area

Waste Management Inc. waste and recycling customers in the Seattle area are without service after Teamsters workers went on strike July 25.

Teamsters Local 117 went on strike that day and Local 174 fully honored the strike the following day, suspending service, said Robin Freedman, communications, with Waste Management in Kirkland, Wash., in an interview. She said 153 recycling workers and 350 waste drivers are on strike, affecting the company’s service in King and Senohomish counties.

According to a Teamsters news release, the National Labor Relations Board is investigating a number of violations committed by Waste Management, including bad-faith bargaining, coercing and direct dealing with its employees, threatening to retaliate against workers and unilaterally changing working conditions.

“Waste Management has forced this labor dispute through its blatant disregard of U.S. law,” said Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson.

Freedman said the company made their best contract offer in early June, and the union didn’t vote on the proposal. It would increase the average worker’s salary from $58,000 to $68,000 by the end of the six-year contract, with a total compensation value of $98,000.

She said as far as service in the Seattle area the company is monitoring the situation day by day.

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.

Stay in the Know - Subscribe to Our Newsletters
Join a network of more than 90,000 waste and recycling industry professionals. Get the latest news and insights straight to your inbox. Free.

You May Also Like