Garbage Strike Over, Deal Reached


Teamsters who drive yard waste and recycling trucks for Waste Management in the Seattle-Everett area of Washington have voted to accept a new contract.

Thursday’s vote ends a strike that disrupted garbage pickups for more than a week.

The agreement likely means more than 200,000 customers can expect the return of regular service to dump garbage, yard waste and recycling bins that have been drawing flies since a strike began July 25.

The company is telling residential and commercial customers to put out their bins if Thursday is their regular collection day.

Waste Management had provided limited service with out-of-state drivers and was planning to hire permanent replacements. The company faced fines of $1.25 million a day from the city of Seattle for missed pickups.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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