By Kevin Kelley
Employees of the Fairview Park Service Department began collecting yard waste and bulk items from residents’ yards Tuesday, doing the job the city had hired Republic Services to do. For the second time this month, Republic has been hit by a work stoppage, causing trash collection delays in numerous cities.
Fairview Park service workers will be following the routes used by Republic, beginning with homes whose collection day is Monday, and continue until all yard waste and bulk items are picked up.
Mayor Eileen Patton announced the alternate arrangement in a letter e-mailed to residents Tuesday.
The mayor asked residents who have not yet placed any yard waste bags or bulk items out for pickup yet to temporarily refrain from doing so due to the work stoppage. She also asked residents not to place their green bins for recyclable items out for pickup.
Republic Services informed city officials that it will use temporary workers beginning Wednesday to pick up trash only. Thus, resident should only place their blue rubbish bins out on their normal collection day, the mayor said.
Workers from Republic Services’ Carbon Limestone landfill in Youngstown, who have been on strike since March 27, set up a picket line at Republic facilities in five Ohio cities, including the company’s Elyria facility, Monday morning. As a result, Republic’s sanitation drivers and mechanics based in Elyria have refused to cross the picket line. The Elyria-based workers are members of Teamsters Local Union 20 in Toledo.
The Teamsters’ union in Youngstown alleges that Republic has illegally changed working conditions there without bargaining and refused to provide pertinent information related to bargaining.
According to press releases from the Teamsters, union workers have also launched unfair labor practice strikes against Republic in Tennessee and Georgia this week.
The text of Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Patton’s letter to residents follows:
In response to the multi-day work stoppage initiated by the union employees of Republic Waste Services, the City of Fairview Park has developed alternate arrangements for the pickup and disposal of yard waste and bulk rubbish this week.
Employees of the Fairview Park Service Department will begin driving the city today, April 16, and manually collecting yard waste and bulk items only. The Service workers will be following the routes used by Republic, beginning with homes whose collection day is Monday. These workers will continue to work until the job is done, but please be aware that collection may take multiple days.
For residents that have already placed items curbside this week:
Yard waste and bulk items will be collected by city workers as soon as possible. Please leave these items on your curb.
According to the City’s last communication with Republic, temporary workers will be sent out by Republic beginning tomorrow, April 17, for the collection of rubbish only.
For the duration of this work stoppage, the City is asking that all green recycling bins be rolled back in until next week.
For residents that have not yet placed items curbside this week:
The City is asking that, if possible, residents refrain from placing out any yard waste, bulk items, and green recycling bins until next week.
As for rubbish, the City recommends placing blue bins curbside on your normal collection day. According to the City’s last communication with Republic, temporary workers will be sent out by Republic beginning tomorrow, April 17, for the collection of rubbish only.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as the City deals with the consequences of the Republic work stoppage. As always, we at City Hall are at your service and will work diligently solve this problem. Any questions can be directed to 440-356-4411. The City’s website, www.fairviewpark.org, will also be updated with information as it becomes available.
Mayor Eileen Ann Patton