Trash being collected

Residents and businesses who contract with Republic Services / Allied Waste and whose trash has not been collected since last week’s labor stoppage should call the company, a spokesman said Monday.

In prepared statements, the company said management and non-union employees worked throughout the holiday weekend to pick up trash in place of striking Teamsters. Because some may have been missed, residents are encouraged to call the company’s toll-free number to report uncollected trash.

“We have caught up on all of our residential and commercial routes. If you need trash pickup, please call our toll-free number, 1-800-437-1123,” Republic Services / Allied Waste officials said.

Contract talks are not scheduled to resume until April 9, labor and management officials said.

Until then, Ralph “Sam” Cook, secretary-treasurer for the striking Teamsters Local 377, said picket schedules have been developed for striking workers on the line near the Poland Township landfill.

Cook accused replacement haulers of using unsafe practices on the routes.

“We are just concerned about the public safety,” Cook said.

Each side has accused the other of unfair labor practices. The company on Feb. 13 filed National Labor Relations Board charges against Local 377 alleging “dilatory, bad faith bargaining.”

The union on March 28 countered with a charge that the company “continues to refuse to bargain over work rules” and claimed the company “unilaterally changed bargaining unit employees’ work schedules on so-called ‘rain days.'”

A spokeswoman for the NLRB said the board will determine if the charges have merit before advancing to a formal complaint status and a possible hearing on the matter. She could not give a time frame for that action.