Union trashes Waste Management’s final offer

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The potential for a garbage strike continues in Lynnwood and other parts of Snohomish and King counties.

The union is unhappy with Waste Management’s “best and final offer,” saying the proposal contained significant changes that had not yet been discussed and new language that they were seeing for the very first time.

“The idea that the company can introduce new language and throw all kinds of changes at us and expect our members to vote on a short deadline is offensive,” said Rick Hicks, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174.

The offer contained a $1/per hour raise in the first year and a one-time bonus of $1,000, among other things.

Waste Management has not yet said if it will return to the table. The company serves homes and businesses in Lynnwood east of Highway 99. For now trash will be collected as usual.

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