Solid Waste and Recycling

  • FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

    New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc. November 21, 2017 Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, […]

  • Sonoma County Solid Waste Workers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 665

    May 22, 2017
    Sonoma County Solid Waste Workers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 665

    Workers Gain Representation at One of the Largest Nonunion Workplaces in Northern California’s Solid Waste and Recycling Industry

    (SANTA ROSA, Calif.) – Solid waste and recycling workers throughout Sonoma County have voted to join Teamsters Local 665. An overwhelming majority of the almost 400 drivers, mechanics, customer service representatives and other workers voted to join the union on Friday.

    “Congratulations to all of the workers and everyone that was involved in this election,” said Local 665 Secretary-Treasurer Mark Gleason. “When workers join the Teamsters they see improvements in their wages, benefits and working conditions. We’re excited to welcome them as members.”

  • Teamsters Local 991 Waste Workers Ratify New Contract

    April 25, 2017

    Waste workers at Republic Services in Mobile, Alabama have ratified a new contract by a 100-percent margin that contains numerous improvements.

    “The 24 workers in the unit will receive wage increases of 2.5 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent over the three years of the contract and the agreement also lowers the threshold for when additional weeks of vacation are added,” said Jim Gookins, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 99 in Mobile. “There is also an increase in weekly vacation pay, additional ‘windshield pay’ or travel pay for when a driver has to travel to Mississippi, and health and welfare benefit contributions are maintained over the life of the contract.”

  • Teamsters Local 763 Ratifies Agreement with Republic Services

    April 24, 2017

    A Republic Services Worker with Teamsters Local 763

    Wage, Benefit Increases Consistent with High Standard for Area Sanitation Workers

    (SEATTLE, Washington) – Teamsters Local 763 has ratified a new agreement with Republic Services covering seven workers in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. The members are service technicians and a truck and container washer.

    “Congratulations to Local 763 on another great win for Teamster sanitation workers,” said Ron Herrera, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. “The high standards of this contract set a great example of what we can achieve for our members throughout the country.”

  • Teamsters Local 396 Successfully Secures Six Contracts in One Month

    April 7, 2017
    Teamsters Local 396 members celebrate after ratifying another solid waste contract

    Agreements Negotiated and Ratified Raise Wages and Industry Standards for Orange County Sanitation Workers

    Waste workers at Teamsters Local 396 in Southern California have overwhelmingly ratified six separate contracts—covering more than 1,100 members—that contain many improvements.

    The contracts are for waste workers in Orange County working at five companies: Waste Management, Republic Services, CR&R Environmental Services, Buena Park Disposal and Ware Disposal. All the contracts were ratified by a margin of about 90 percent.

  • Teamster Contract Changing Lives at the Recology/CleanScapes MRF

    January 13, 2017

    Our organizing campaign at the Recology/CleanScapes Multi-Resource Facility (MRF) didn’t just start small – it started tiny. When the facility in Seattle first opened, the company employed nothing but temps. Workers came and went at random, and convincing any of them to join our Union bordered on the impossible. That is, until we caught a lucky break one day in June of 2015.

  • Privatization Can Have ‘Trashy’ Consequences for the Public

    October 4, 2016

    A new study into the effects of diesel emissions emitted by garbage trucks in North Brooklyn and the South Bronx may have a lot of New Yorkers crying foul, and not just because of the smell.

    The study, commissioned by Transform Don’t Trash NYC (of which Teamsters Joint Council 16 sits on the steering committee) found that because of the routing of private waste companies, toxic diesel emissions in the two (predominantly lower-income) neighborhoods studied were five to seven times higher than the city average, putting the residents of these communities at higher risk for respiratory ailments. The study also found that the drivers of these trucks are also at a greater risk for health issues resulting from prolonged exposure to diesel fumes.