SEATTLE (AP) — About 150 of Waste Management’s recycle and yard waste union drivers have gone on strike in King and Snohomish counties.

Picket lines went up Wednesday at several Waste Management facilities, according to the Teamsters Local 117, the union representing drivers.

It’s unclear yet exactly how the strike will affect neighborhood recycle and yard waste pickup. The specific areas in which the drivers operate is not known.

Contract negotiations have been going on for the past several months between Waste Management and Teamsters Local 117. Their contract requests include higher pay to match garbage drivers, who reportedly earn $9 more per hour than recycling drivers.

In June, Waste Management trained temporary drivers to help in the event of a work stoppage.


Information from KING5:

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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