Possible garbage strike on Thursday

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Teamsters' Union is currently in talks with Allied Waste and Waste Management about its new contract period. If an agreement cannot be reached by Thursday, there is a the possibility of a garbage strike for Lake Forest Park.

Shoreline contracts with CleanScapes for its garbage, recycling and yard waste services. CleanScapes' contract with the Teamsters is on a different schedule, so Shoreline would not be involved in a strike.

Here's the statement from media contact John Taylor of CleanScapes about Shoreline.
We understand that workers represented by Teamsters Locals 117 and 174 may engage in labor actions over the next several days as part of their collective bargaining process with Waste Management and Allied Waste Services.

We respect the collective bargaining process and certainly hope the parties are able to successfully reach agreement without a job action. As we are not a party to the talks we will not comment on the negotiations. CleanScapes has a bargaining agreement with the Teamsters that remains in effect through March, 2011.
CleanScapes’ operations may be affected due to picket lines at transfer stations and other related facilities. Our management team has contingency plans and is monitoring the situation. We will do everything we can to minimize any impact or disruption to our customers.

Lake Forest Park contracts with Allied Waste Services of Bellevue. Allied merged with Rabanco some years ago and recently merged with Republic. Their corporate office is in Arizona, but their local customer service in Bellevue says that talks will continue until Thursday of this week. If Teamsters strike, Allied will put management in the trucks and continue pick-up services. They will put news on their website (which defaults to Rabanco).


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