Talking trash the high-tech way: Sanitation workers launch a new Web site

There’s no end in sight to the contract stalemate between Waste Management and the Teamsters union. But now, the union is taking their fight to the Internet with a new Web site, SeattleTrashWatch.com.

The site has videos of trash collectors speaking about the dangers of the job. Other videos show garbage piling up in Oakland, CA during a recent labor dispute there.

It also has a phone number for residents and businesses to report trash service problems. The union says the purpose of a Neighborhood Trash Watch is to “hold Waste Management accountable for service failures in the event of a lockout or strike.” Teamsters held a rally Sunday to drum up support for a possible strike.

“I bust my hump every day and if I get sick or get injured on the job, I would expect to have health care. We’re not asking for anything outrageous, we’re asking to be treated fairly,” five-year sanitation worker Longinue Shipp said.

“If the Teamsters would put rallies and politics aside, we believe their members would see clearly that our economic proposal is solid and strong,” Waste Management spokesperson Jackie Lang told the Seattle Times.

No new talks are scheduled. Waste Management collects trash for about one million homes in businesses in south Snohomish and King counties.

Also Sunday, workers for Allied Waste approved a new deal that increases wages and benefits $2.80 over four years.

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