Union authorizes strike call against two trash haulers serving Edmonds

The Seattle Times, an online news partner of My Edmonds News, reported Sunday that Teamsters Local 174 voted Sunday to give their top negotiator the authority to call a strike against Waste Management and Allied Waste if a contract dispute cannot be settled later this week. The authorization means a strike could be called as soon as midnight on Wednesday, when contracts covering garbage haulers for more than 1 million local homes and businesses expire, the Times said.

According to the City of Edmonds Public Works Department website, three companies handle waste management for Edmonds’ residents: Allied Waste provides service to most of Edmonds, while Waste Management Northwest serves about 100 homes in the city’s Lake Ballinger neighborhood. A third trash hauler, Sound Disposal, covers the Edmonds Bowl neighborhood.

Teamsters Local 174 represents hundreds of garbage haulers in King and Snohomish counties.

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