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.