Sanitation Landfill Workers On Unfair Labor Practice Strike Extend Picket Line; Teamsters In Anaheim Refuse To Cross
April 9, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sanitation workers employed at Republic Services/Allied Waste's [NYSE: RSG] Carbon Limestone landfill in
raised a picket line extension at Republic's
facilities early this morning. The more than 400 workers at Republic's transfer station, commercial and residential truck yard, and materials recovery facility (MRF) are refusing to cross the picket line.
The striking landfill workers are members of Teamsters Local Union 377 in
. They have been on strike since
March 27, 2013
. They are exercising their legal right to strike in protest of Republic's violations of federal labor law that exists to protect workers' rights.
The transfer station workers in
who are honoring the picket lines of their striking colleagues are members of Teamsters Local Union 952 in
The drivers and MRF workers are members of Teamsters Local 396 in
These workers have the legal right to refuse to cross picket lines in support of striking Republic colleagues.
workers had previously extended picket lines to five other Republic/Allied facilities in
. Teamster members in
who work for Republic/Allied in
Half Moon Bay
all honored picket lines raised by the striking
workers last week.
Sanitation workers at other Republic locations across America have also refused to work in a show of support of their striking colleagues. Residential and commercial sanitation drivers who are members of Local 377 honored the picket lines of their striking co-workers at the landfill. Workers at Republic/Allied Waste in
– members of Teamster Local Unions 215 and 26, respectively – have also exercised their legal right to refuse to work in support of the striking
"Republic is an
company. It should be ashamed of its behavior. It has been bullying its workers by locking them out of their jobs without pay, withholding paychecks, and demanding monetary contract concessions – even though it makes hundreds of millions in profits each year," said
, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer.
During the past year, Republic/Allied Waste has forced multiple lockouts and strikes, disrupting trash collection for hundreds of thousands of people across
the United States
and putting communities at risk. Republic earned profits of more than
in 2012, and its primary shareholder,
, saw his net assets increase by
"Sanitation workers put their lives on the line every day as they work the fourth most dangerous job in the country," said
, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. "Their work protecting the public health is vital, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect."
Republic/Allied Waste's total revenues were more than
in 2012, with profits of more than
is the primary shareholder of Republic stock. Gates owns approximately
worth of stock, or 25 percent of the total worth of the company.
, Gates' investment manager, sits on Republic's board of directors.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout
the United States
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters