Union approves Allied Waste garbage contract

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Members of Teamsters Local 174 on Sunday approved a four-year contract with Allied Waste, guaranteeing garbage pickup service for about 150,000 local customers, according to the Seattle Times, an online partner of My Edmonds News. Allied Waste picks up trash, recycling and yard waste for Edmonds homes and businesses outside the Edmonds Bowl and downtown area. Those areas are served by Sound Disposal.

According to the Times, the contract provides a $2.80-an-hour increase in workers’ wages and benefits spread out over four years, said spokesman Michael Gonzales. Waste Management, which serves about 1 million customers in Snohomish and King Counties, including in the city of Seattle.

Meanwhile, there is still no contract settlement between the union and Waste Management, which serves about 1 million customers in Snohomish and King Counties.  About 400 members of Teamsters Local 174 and 117 have been working without a contract since March 31. Waste Management presented what it said was its final offer April 2 and the union quickly rejected it. The two sides have gone nearly a week without meeting. Read the entire Seattle Times story here.

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