Waste Management Northwest hasn’t picked up Mill Creek’s garbage, recycling, and yard waste since Tuesday, July 24th because of a strike by Teamsters Local 117 whose members drive the recycling and yard waste trucks. Members of Teamsters Local 174, who drive the garbage trucks, won’t cross the Teamsters Local 117’s picket lines.
According to Waste Management Northwest, residential customers won’t have their garbage, recycling, or yard waste picked up for an indefinite period of time, “Due to a work stoppage that began on Wednesday, July 25th, we have been unable to provide regularly scheduled service. Waste Management does not know how long the work stoppage will be.”
Waste Management Northwest said they will try to make it up to their residential customers, “We will collect up to twice your regular amount of missed services on your next regular service day at no additional charge.”
Waste Management Northwest said they would bring in extra resources to handle their commercial accounts, “WM will increase collection services over the weekend, focusing on accounts critical to public health and the environment, including hospitals, nursing homes and daycare facilities. As service capacity permits, we will expand service to additional accounts.”
At the present time, Waste Management Northwest and Teamsters Local 117 are not talking to each other. According to the Everett Herald, “The union says it won't stop picketing until the company resumes talks. The company says it will resume talks when the picket lines come down.”
Waste Management Northwest is getting pressure to settle the strike from their largest customers. Erik Lacitis of the Seattle Times reports, “Seattle Public Utilities has told Waste Management that beginning Wednesday, it could face contractually imposed fines of up to $1.25 million a day if the strike by trash haulers keeps disrupting service. If all King and South Snohomish County cities with similar contracts impose fines, the sum could reach $3 million a day.”
Waste Management Northwest provides information on this labor dispute and how it affects their customers each day on their website.