Solid Waste & Recycling

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Local 174 represents Solid Waste and Recycling workers at:

Allied/Republic Services, Cedar Grove Composting, Emerald Sanitary Services, Recology/Cleanscapes/Streetscapes/Recycle Center, RENU (Northstar, CG, LP, DBA), Waste Management Eastmont, Waste Management Recycle NW, Waste Management Marysville, Waste Management-South Sound, Waste Management Woodinville, Waste Management Mechanics Marysville & North Sound, Waste Management North Sound, Waste Management RST/Tri Star, Waste Management Seattle.
  • Solid Waste & Recycling Division:
    The IBT Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division currently represents more than 32,000 members.

    Here at Local 174, we represent more than 860 men and women who work in collecting, sorting, and disposing of both household and industrial waste. These individuals perform a difficult, dirty, and dangerous job that is absolutely critical to the functioning of our society.

    IBT Division Director: Ron Herrera

  • Business Agents:

    Ken Marshall
    Vice President
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1350
    Recology/Cleanscapes, Recology/Streetscapes, Republic Services, Waste Management

    Abe TaylorAbe Taylor
    Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1325
    Cedar Grove Composting, Emerald Sanitary Services

    Mike Walker
    Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1318
    Recology/Recycle Center, RENU Recycling Services

  • Useful Links:

    Grievance form link
    **Please note that Grievances MUST be submitted in person or by fax. They will not be accepted via email.**


Solid Waste and Recycling Teamsters in the News:

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, Lorta, Norco, and Dilaudid, among others.

These drugs are being added in order to harmonize DOT regulations with the recently revised Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. The HHS Guidelines were updated after studies of drug abuse trends made it clear that opioid abuse needed to be addressed.

The inclusion of these drugs is intended to combat illegal opioid abuse. There should not be a problem with these drugs if they are being taken responsibly via a legally valid prescription consistent with the Controlled Substances Act.

All FMCSA-regulated employers have until January 1, 2018 to revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to the new regulations. Any Teamsters Local 174 member with a Commercial Drivers’ License and who is subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing at work should be aware of these changes. If you have any questions, please contact your Teamster Business Agent.

To learn more about this, read the full Department of Transportation rule published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2017.

City of Kirkland Extends Contract with Waste Management for Two Years

June 26, 2017

There was some good news on June 20 for our Teamster members at Waste Management in Kirkland, as the Kirkland City Council has just voted to extend their contract with Waste Management for two years. This will provide extra job security for the 27 Teamsters Local 174 members who collect residential and commercial trash within the City of Kirkland.

“We are pleased with the City of Kirkland’s decision to stick with our members at Waste Management as their official trash collectors,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “These workers have been doing a great job so far, and like we always say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The City will revisit the decision in 2019.

Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at

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.” (more…)

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.” (more…)

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.” (more…)

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. (more…)

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.


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