Apr. 21, 2020
Six companies. 10 locations. 30 days. 1,000 members and counting.
That’s the contract count for the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division since the O’Brien-Zuckerman administration took office less than a month ago.
“As soon as the new administration took office, we noticed a dramatic difference in negotiations throughout the industry,” said Chuck Stiles, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division. “It’s been non-stop success at the bargaining table nationwide, even in locations where negotiations had stalled.
The companies realize that this is a more militant union now. They know they’re on notice.” The Teamsters’ winning streak kicked off March 27 in Rhode Island, where 60 workers at two Stericycle-owned businesses—represented by Teamsters Local 251—overwhelmingly ratified their respective first contracts after more than a year of hard-fought negotiations.
“We weren’t afraid to make our voices heard, and we are proud to have taken a brave stand during negotiations,” said Chris LaFlamme, a 23-year Shred-it driver. “The need for a strong contract was never lost on any of us. That’s why we never wavered, despite the company’s slow pace during negotiations. This agreement reflects our strength and solidarity. My co-workers and I are proud of what we have accomplished with this first contract, and we are thrilled to finally have true protection on the job.”
Local 251 wasn’t the only contract victory that weekend. More than 4,000 miles away, in Simi Valley, California, 200 workers at Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) overwhelmingly ratified a first contract at Local 186. Shortly after, Local 117 announced an agreement had been reached at Republic Services for workers in the Seattle area. Topping off the weekend, Local 50 secured an excellent agreement for a longtime unit at Republic Services in Southern Illinois... Continued at Teamsters