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Allied Waste strike expands

Published: Mon, April 15, 2013 @ 11:04 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The gridlock between Republic Services/Allied Waste and the 23 members of Teamsters Local 377 in Youngstown, on strike since March 27, has snowballed across the state and parts of the U.S.

Nearly 600 drivers, helpers and mechanics at Republic’s Youngstown, Columbus, Canton, Elyria and Cleveland hauling yards are refusing to cross the picket lines in a show of solidarity.

The move comes after last week’s negotiations between Local 377 and Republic. The Teamsters International union alleges that the company broke federal law during contract negotiations and continues to intimidate workers.

The strike first began on March 27 when workers in Youngstown walked off the job over unfair labor practices and a contract dispute concerning wages and benefits.

Widespread interruptions are expected for trash pick-up in all the affected areas.

“We appreciate the patience of our customers during this time as members of Teamsters Local 377 have gone on a sympathy strike,” wrote Douglas Dunn, general manager at Republic in Youngstown. “We want to assure all of our customers that while their normal service will be delayed, we are working to ensure that their waste and recycling will be picked up as soon as possible.”

Previously, hundreds of Teamster members have refused to work at Republic locations in 10 cities in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and California in support of striking landfill workers in Youngstown.

Tensions eased, though, when drivers went back out on their routes and negotiations were expected to proceed last week.

A large part of the problem is a stalemate over pension benefits. The company wants to transfer retirement benefits into a 401 (k) program and workers want to remain in the weak Central States Pension Fund. The impasse is a nationwide issue, sources close to the negotiations say.

Also on Monday, about 40 sanitation workers employed by Republic went on an unfair labor practice strike of their own in McDonough, Georgia.


1busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

It is time to terminate these unauthorized stikers and get new employees that understand that every company is getting away from the pension plans and going to 401K type programs. The problem with this course of actions is that now the worker has to save some of his own retirement and with that in mind, how would they pay for the now gratification of IPhones, Direct TV and all the new non value ways they seperate themselves from their paychecks. The one thing that I do agree with is that they freeze their current pension benefits and going forward buy into the the 401K plan for the future. Face it fellows, with GPS you do not have to be a rocket scientiest to pick up garbage. The are lines of undeducated idiots in the valley that would be happy to have decent jobs of trash removal.

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2luvnlife96(5 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Well busyman, if there are uneducated idiots waiting in lines for "the decent job of trash removal" where are they? They aren't in line for these jobs because they can't handle the job. It requires 8 to 10 usually more like 12 hours of constant, heavy lifting, supreme physical stamina and endurance, a CDL license and you have to be drug free. There aren't people lined up because there are very few that can do the job in the first place. Regarding the pension and 401k dispute, the company would have to give these guys hefty raises in order for them to even have $5 to contribute to a 401k, they Don't make the big bucks of old anymore. The company doesn't want to give them anything. Theses guys already pay for their medical, they Don't get standard overtime, it's coefficient overtime which equals half time for everything over 40. So, they have a right to defend their pensions, since they have been squeezed everywhere else.

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3texasnorton(1 comment)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Well the Teamsters will get what the United Auto Workers got. NO JOBS!!!!! I getting ready to change my service to a company that is non-union!!! So enjoy the unemployment line and no pension! Get over it the unions over promised and can't deliver and their plans are bankrupt. OH but idiots that pay your union dues!!!! Look at the union plan for union employees it is healthy as can be. Talk about stupid!!!! You guys are clueless and being led to the slaughter by the most corrupt organization in the US.

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