9/6/08

Teamsters still on strike v. Waste Management

Picket line fails to shut down labor-state employer

Replacement drivers at Waste Management are still working to catch up collecting trash from businesses and apartment complexes, a Waste Management spokesman said Friday. An estimated 240 members of Teamsters Local 200 walked off the job Aug. 26 in a dispute with Waste Management negotiators.

The workers’ contract expired April 30.

Lynn Morgan of Waste Management said the drivers were gaining ground, “but we are still not fully restored.”

Waste Management collects trash and recyclables in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties.

The company also has contracts with a number of municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin.

In those cases involving municipalities, she said, “We feel we are caught up.”

On Friday, she said, drivers also began making headway collecting recycled materials.

Negotiators for the company and the union plan to meet on Tuesday in a session that will include a federal mediator.

The main stumbling block appears to be an effort by Waste Management to offer an alternative to the Central States Pension Fund that covers drivers.

Union officials say they have an alternative similar in form to a pension plan for Teamsters who work for UPS.

In Chicago, Teamsters from around the country met and passed a resolution in support of the Waste Management strike.

Tom Keegel, general secretary-treasurer for the Teamsters, said Waste Management did not care for worker rights.

“They would rather spend millions of dollars to break the will of our members who have been forced out on a picket line by a lockout or strike than provide good wages, benefits and a pension for their work force,” Keegel said.

A Waste Management spokesman declined to comment.

(jsonline.com)

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