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Update: Republic Says No Garbage Pickup in Edmonds Wednesday

The company's Lynnwood facility is one of those affected by the picket line established in solidarity with striking Ohio Teamsters, and widespread service disruptions are expected.

Update: 1 p.m.: Republic Services said this afternoon that Edmonds/Monroe is not getting garbage, recycling, or yard pickup today due to the picketing being honored by local drivers.

Following is the full press release from the company:

Due to an unresolved labor issue in another part of the country, some of our local union employees exercised their right not to cross an extended picket line. It is unfortunate that the Teamsters have chosen to disrupt service to Puget Sound customers to support an unresolved Teamster issue in another part of the country.

This is not an issue connected with our local area.

The following is an update on what customers can expect today, Wednesday, April 17, 2013:

Cities of Kent, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Covington, unincorporated areas of South King County: Republic Services is not collecting garbage, recycling or yard waste today but we will be picking up to double the load on your next regularly scheduled collection day, free of charge.

Cities of Bellevue, Mercer Island, Lake Forest Park, Sammamish, Kenmore, Beaux Arts: Republic Services is collecting your garbage, recycling and yard waste on schedule today.

Edmonds/Monroe: Republic Services is not collecting garbage, recycling or yard waste today but we will be picking up to double the load on your next regularly scheduled collection day, free of charge.

SEATTLE: Republic Services is operating on schedule today. Our recycling facility located at 3rd and Lander is fully operational and on schedule. We are servicing commercial accounts as normal, on schedule in the City of Seattle.

Republic Services is proud of the fact that we have never had an extended work stoppage or labor issue that impacted service in the Puget Sound area. We maintain positive relationships with our local unions and value our hard-working employees.

We remain committed to providing exceptional services to our cities and customers. Their needs are our highest priority and we are doing all that we can to minimize any service disruptions during this time. We have operational contingency plans in place in an effort to minimize any service disruptions to customers.

We encourage customers to visit www.RepublicServicesNW.com and click on their community in the drop-down tab at the center of the page. There they will find service updates throughout the day and evening.

 

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Original Story:

Customers in Lynnwood and Everett are reportedly among those affected by picket lines at the Allied Waste/Republic Lynnwood Plant, established in solidarity with striking workers in Ohio.

King 5 reported that the company said customers in Seattle, Lynnwood, Kent, Normandy Park, and Auburn will see disruptions in services as about 200 waste, recycling, and yard waste drivers honor the picket lines today.

According to the report, customers who don't receive service today can put out double the waste on their next regularly scheduled collection day at no extra charge.

Here is the full press release from Teamsters Local Unions 38, 117, 174 & 763. Allied Waste/Republic is one of three private waste haulers that serve Edmonds residents.:

Garbage, recycle, and yard waste drivers, employed by Allied Waste/Republic Services, honored picket lines early this morning that were established by striking Local 377 Teamsters from Youngstown, Ohio. Picket lines were set up at the company's facilities in Seattle, Lynnwood, and Kent/SeaTac, and widespread service disruptions are expected today.

"We are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ohio. We will not allow Republic to trample on the rights of workers in Ohio or anywhere else in the country," said Mark Williams , a commercial recycle driver at Republic's facility in Kent/SeaTac.

 

[Did your garbage, recycling, or yard waste get collected today? Let us know in the comments.]

 

Known as Republic Services nationally, the company provoked an unfair labor practice strike with Teamsters Local 377 in Youngstown, Ohio, when it violated federal labor law during contract negotiations. Workers in Youngstown have been on strike since March 27. Picket lines were extended to Republic locations in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and California before reaching Western Washington early this morning.

Republic employees have also recently struck the company in Georgia and Tennessee. In McDonough, Ga., 40 workers went on strike on April 15 over the company's violation of federal law. In Memphis, Tenn., 175 members of Teamsters Local Union 984 began an unfair labor practice strike on April 16 to protest the company's violation of federal law.    

"Republic's repeated violations of federal labor law show that the company is more concerned with maximizing corporate profits than with taking care of its customers and its workers," said Rick Hicks , President of Teamsters Joint Council No. 28 and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174.

In 2012, Republic's revenues were more than $8.1 billion and the company declared profits of $572 million. The company's primary shareholder is Microsoft chairman Bill Gates . Gates owns approximately $2.4 billion worth of stock, or 25 percent of the total worth of the company. Michael Larsen , Gates' investment manager, sits on Republic's board of directors.

" Bill Gates says he promotes global health, but he refuses to step in and stop Republic from violating workers' rights and causing a public health crisis in cities across the country," said Tracey A. Thompson , Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.

In 2012, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa sent Mr. Gates two letters requesting a meeting to discuss Republic's repeated violations of workers' rights and the company's disregard for federal labor law. Mr. Gates did not respond to either request.

During the past year, Republic has forced multiple lockouts and strikes, disrupting trash collection for hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and putting communities at risk.

In Evansville, Ind., Republic locked out 80 workers for six weeks without pay when the workers refused to accept a contract that stripped them of their pension. In Mobile, Ala., Republic reneged on a negotiated contract agreement that would have provided affordable health care to workers and their families. In Memphis, Tenn., Republic deliberately withheld contractually obligated checks from workers.

In Bridgeton, Mo., an ongoing fire at Republic's landfill has caused an explosion and months of noxious fumes. The fire is burning next to buried radioactive nuclear waste. The Missouri Attorney General has announced a lawsuit against Republic to force it to correct its environmental violations and to provide remedies to help local residents and businesses deal with the ongoing effects of the burning waste.

In numerous locations, Republic is taking up to $140 per month out of workers' paychecks for health insurance "tobacco" or "spouse" surcharges, even if they don't smoke or their spouses have no other insurance option. When notified of the errors that can total up to $1,700 per person per year, Republic refuses to return the money to them. Other workers have seen their paychecks shrink now that Republic's lawyers are exploiting loopholes in the law to pay overtime at rates as low as $6 or $7 per hour.

Teamsters Local Unions 38, 117, 174, and 763 represent over 200 Republic/Allied Waste employees throughout the Puget Sound region. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us at www.PickUpTheGarbage.com, on Twitter @RepubTeamsters and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepublicServicesTeamsters.

SOURCE Teamsters Local Unions 38, 117, 174 & 763

Jeanne Gustafson April 17, 2013 at 03:59 PM
We've updated this story with more details about affected customers, in our area primarily in Lynnwood and Everett.
Barry Stone April 17, 2013 at 09:05 PM
When Republic says double pickup, do they mean they will pick up recycle the next time it is due in 2 more weeks? My large container is almost full. What do I do with 2 weeks worth of overflow?
Jeanne Gustafson April 17, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Good question, Barry, I will send your question to Republic and let you know their response.
J April 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Once again, paying for a service and not getting the service. Double pick up just makes it sound like you are getting a service that you are paying for. Why are they not dropping off another can for me to use for this double pick up date? HMMMM, makes me wonder how much money they are saving by do this. Everyone should get a pro-rated bill for an issue that does not concern us as paying consumers. It is too bad that there are not any other garbage companies to go with. If there were other companies that would mean competition, therfore better services and better rates.
Jeanne Gustafson April 18, 2013 at 01:19 PM
FYI, I haven't heard back yet on your question, Barry. Currently we're also waiting for word about whether residents will receive service today, Thursday April 18.
Edmond Edmonds April 18, 2013 at 07:41 PM
There appears to be a monopoly on waste collection services in the city of Edmonds. Does the city have a contract with Republic granting them the garbage concession? Or are there no other trash companies wanting to compete? We need to have some market power to deal with the service lapses we have been recently seeing from Republic.
Jeanne Gustafson April 18, 2013 at 09:19 PM
There are three private haulers in Edmonds, according to the city: Currently, curbside garbage collection by one of the private haulers is not mandatory in Edmonds plus the City itself does not operate its own garbage collection department. Residents and businesses could choose to transport their own solid waste to transfer facilities operated by Snohomish County. However, scheduled collection is predominant among the neighborhoods and businesses throughout the City. There are three private haulers that serve portions of the city: Republic, Sound Disposal, and Waste Management NW.
Edmond Edmonds April 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Regardless of where you live, you have only one choice if you want someone to take your garbage away. That is a monopoly. Do you know why there is a monopoly, if there is no exclusivity contract?
Shawn Springer April 20, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Next time their contract comes up for renewal - we should remember this. Lets hire a garbage company and workers that actually DO THEIR JOB!!!. It appears that these union workers will use any excuse not to work. I guess I shouldn't be suprised, that is the main goal of unions everywhere. With unemployment what it is, I'm sure that there are plenty of workers that would be happy to trade places with these union ingrates that won't do their jobs and let the public suffer.
Barry Stone April 20, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I resent your comments. They are in poor taste. I have been in a union for 33 years, and my goal was never to do as little as possible. My goal was to do the best job possible to bring credit to my profession, myself and my union.

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