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Trash collection delayed across Westshore by union dispute

UPDATED 3:25 PM TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2013

A work stoppage by union employees of Republic Services has caused trash collections to be delayed by one day in several Westshore communities this week.

In an e-mail sent to residents signed up for the city’s electronic newsletter, Fairview Park Service Director Jim Kennedy said trash collection in that city will be delayed one day this week through Saturday.

Republic officials notified Kennedy Monday morning that its union officials had initiated a work stoppage.

“It is expected to last just one day with service resuming tomorrow,” Kennedy said in the e-mail.

North Olmsted officials also said trash service would be delayed one day this week as a result of the situation.  Bay Village officials said pickup in their city would be delayed one day this week and would be picked up on Wednesday. Avon Lake, where Republic collects trash on Mondays, is another affected community, its city leaders report.

Westlake is not affected by the trash collection delay, as that city’s trash contractor is Rumpke Consolidated Companies.

Rocky River, which has its own trash collection, also was not affected.

The work stoppage has affected trash collection in numerous Ohio communities, according to several media reports.

Sanitation workers from Republic Services’ Carbon Limestone landfill in Youngstown, who have been on strike since March 27, set up pickets at Republic’s Elyria facility Monday morning. Nearly 200 of Republic’s sanitation drivers and mechanics based in Elyria refused to cross the picket line Monday. The Elyria-based workers are are members of Teamsters Local Union 20 in Toledo.

The union alleges that, in Youngstown, Republic has illegally changed working conditions without bargaining and refused to provide pertinent information related to bargaining.

Eric VanHouten, general manager of Republic Services in Elyria, said the company is working to catch up on collecting trash from its residential and business customers.

“Many members of Teamsters Local 20 returned to work this morning and are working in conjunction with replacement employees to ensure that area trash and recycling needs are met,” VanHouten said in a statement.

 

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