Teamsters Educate City Leaders About Republic Services' Poor Record
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013
Local Elected Officials Told of Republic-Initiated Lockouts and Trash Service
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Teamster members exposed
Republic Services/Allied Waste's [NYSE: RSG] problematic record today at the
opening session of the National League of Cities' annual Congressional City
More than 2,000 mayors, city councilmembers, and local administrators at the
conference were greeted by Teamsters holding a banner that stated "Republic
Services Trashes American Cities." The League of Cities attendees also
received leaflets that read, "Tell Republic: Do It Right or Pay the Penalty."
Teamsters alerted municipal elected officials about how they can protect their
city from Republic-initiated lockouts and trash service disruptions.
Municipalities can find more information about Republic's trash service
disruptions at: www.PickUpTheGarbage.com.
In the current economy, most municipalities' finances are hard-pressed, with a
difficult local fiscal situation now exposed to the uncertainty and fallout
generated by the Federal sequester and overall budget impasse. Effective
procurement and stable services are even more important in these difficult
"When large waste and recycling contracts are at stake, it is important that
municipalities understand what they're getting with Republic Services/Allied
Waste," said Robert Morales, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling
and Related Industries Division.
"Sanitation workers perform the fourth-most dangerous job in the country, yet
Republic Services has been locking out and attacking its workers," Morales
said. "This has led to trash service disruptions in numerous U.S. cities
during the past year. I'd recommend cities follow Seattle's lead, where they
have strong contract language. Seattle's waste vendors pay steep fines for
trash service disruptions."
In Evansville, Ind., Republic intentionally left the city without reliable
trash service for six weeks, locking out its workers in an attempt to bully
them. Despite high costs to the city's residents and a political embarrassment
for local elected officials, Republic had little incentive to resume regular
service. Out-of-town replacement drivers damaged people's homes, vehicles and
even power lines during the lockout. After being locked out without pay for a
month, the Indiana workers took their picket lines to other cities across the
U.S. Fellow Republic/Allied Waste workers refused to cross picket lines in
Wayne, Mich.; Urbana, Ill.; and Richmond, Milpitas and Long Beach, Calif.
In 2012, Republic/Allied Waste refused to honor a binding contract with its
sanitation workers in Mobile, Ala. The workers were forced to strike to
protest the company's illegal behavior, and took their picket lines to other
cities across the country. Fellow Republic/Allied Waste workers refused to
cross picket lines in Buffalo, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; and Seattle, Bellevue,
Kent and Lynnwood, Wash.
In Memphis, Tenn., Republic is discriminating against its workers—soiling the
legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the city where he died fighting a
righteous battle for fair treatment for hard work regardless of race or union
status. Workers in Memphis and cities across America are at a boiling point
over the chronic attacks on their dignity.
"Unfortunately, in so many places across America, Republic Services seems
indifferent to a fair deal for communities and sanitation workers—with all
that it entails," Morales said. "We are working our hardest to build a
cooperative framework. Municipalities should look to make sure they are not
forced to pay the cost of waste service disruption that Republic seems so
Republic/Allied Waste's total revenues were more than $8.2 billion in 2011,
with profits of more than $589 million. In May 2012, the same month it locked
out its workers in Evansville, the company approved a death and disability
benefit for its CEO valued at more than $23 million.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4
million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us at
www.PickUpTheGarbage.com, on Twitter @RepubTeamsters and on Facebook at
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Contact: Galen Munroe, +1-202-624-6904, firstname.lastname@example.org
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