Waste Management trash collectors approve a new contract

The garbage strike is officially over. Drivers with Teamsters Local 174 overwhelmingly approved a new five-year contract with Waste Management today. “Our hardworking, professional drivers have endorsed a contract that will provide fair wages and benefits for many families in the Puget Sound Region,” said Dean Kattler, Vice President for Waste Management’s PNW operations  “Although…

Striking trash haulers going back to work tomorrow

5 p.m. Update: Waste Management and the Teamsters will return to the bargaining table with a federal mediator at 10 a.m. Monday. “We are glad the Teamsters have announced that they will return to work tomorrow, but feel that this unfortunate situation could have been avoided entirely had the union simply responded to our earlier…

Despite strike, Waste Management says regular service should resume tomorrow

Waste Management has not yet responded to our request for comment about the strike, but a post on its website seems to indicate backup drivers will be working tomorrow: Collection is not being provided for some King and Snohomish county customers today due to a strike announced at 10:30 this morning by Teamsters Local 174….

Waste Management trash collectors go on strike

If today is your regular garbage pickup day but it hasn’t been collected yet, please send us an e-mail at LynnwoodToday@gmail.com ***** After weeks of failed contract talks, Waste Management trash collectors went on strike today. In a news release, Teamsters said the company refused to bargain in good faith. “In spite of our best…

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,…

Are Waste Management workers getting ready to strike?

Waste Management drivers haven’t said if or when they’ll strike, but it looks like they’re getting ready just in case. Tomorrow the union representing 400 trash collectors in Snohomish and King counties will hold a training session and rally to roll out a Neighborhood Trash Watch program. Teamsters say the goal is to “help customers hold…

Union trashes Waste Management's final offer

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.

Union trashes Waste Management’s final offer

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.

Garbage strike still possible as Waste Management delivers its final offer

Thursday night Waste Management delivered its final contract offer to 350 trash haulers that serve King and Snohomish counties, including Lynnwood east of Highway 99. The offer includes a wage increase of $1 per hour in the first year, up from the current $26.29 per hour. It also includes a contribution of over $15,000 per…

No garbage strike yet

Put out your trash cans as usual today. Still no agreement has been reached between Waste Management and its garbage haulers, but both sides agreed early this morning to continue talks later this afternoon. “We are happy that talks are continuing and look forward to participating in a full day of bargaining focused on a…

Allied Waste strike possibly averted

Allied Waste has reached a tentative deal with its trash haulers, according to the Seattle Times. There is no deal yet for Waste Management workers.

Garbage strike update: Should you put out your cans tomorrow?

Will my trash be picked up Thursday? That’s the question many of you are asking as a possible garbage strike gets closer. Hundreds of trash collectors in Snohomish and King counties could walk off the job at midnight if they don’t reach a new contract with Waste Management and Allied Waste. Disagreements continue over salary…

Talking trash: Will your garabge get picked up if there's a strike?

A strike by trash collectors in King and Snohomish counties, including Lynnwood, could begin as soon as Thursday. Waste Management and Allied Waste still have not come to an agreement with its unionized sanitation workers. Hundreds of them say they’ll walk off the job if they don’t resolve their dispute by midnight Wednesday, when their…

Talking trash: Will your garabge get picked up if there’s a strike?

A strike by trash collectors in King and Snohomish counties, including Lynnwood, could begin as soon as Thursday. Waste Management and Allied Waste still have not come to an agreement with its unionized sanitation workers. Hundreds of them say they’ll walk off the job if they don’t resolve their dispute by midnight Wednesday, when their…