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The Dirty Truth About the Waste Industry’s Labor Shortage
Posted On: Nov 09, 2021
Nov. 9, 2021 | OPINION | Over the summer, I received an interview request to discuss the "labor shortage" in the private waste industry. As I told the reporter, the real problem facing the industry is exploitation and nothing else. Waste companies like Republic Services and Waste Management want the public to think there's a labor shortage. The truth is, it’s not a labor shortage — it’s a wage, benefits and workers' rights shortage.  The struggle for waste workers has been brewing for 40 years. Decades of consolidation have eroded the sanitation industry, and "Big Trash" has offered working people little reprieve or respect…As the largest representative of private waste workers in North America, the Teamsters know the so-called labor shortage is a direct result of companies putting profit over people…  Waste Dive
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