YOUNGSTOWN - Management at Republic Services / Allied Waste is calling the strike by Teamsters Local 377 "illegal."
Each side is accusing the other of unfair labor practices in the work stoppage that began early Thursday morning and is slowing local trash collection in numerous communities.
In a statement released Friday, Republic accused the union of "refusing to negotiate in good faith" and said the laborers "never made a wage proposal, even though negotiations are now in their seventh month and the company has repeatedly requested one."
The company said they have called on the National Labor Relations board to investigate.
Union sources on Thursday said the strike is dealing with an unfair labor practice by the company. Attempts Friday to reach the Teamsters Local 377 president and officials at the union hall were not successful.
About 110 commercial and residential trash haulers, landfill workers and mechanics walked off the job shortly after midnight Thursday. They have been working without a contract since November.
Republic Services / Allied Waste is a nationwide company. The local work stoppage affects crews that provide service to areas of Niles, Liberty, Girard, Howland, Lordstown, Campbell, Struthers, Lowellville and other nearby communities.
Labor contract talks were last held March 14, company officials said. Both sides have said the main sticking point in negotiations deals with retirement benefits.
Friday, Doug Dunn, general manager for Republic Services, accused the Teamsters of "stonewalling" the company on discussions about pensions.
In the meantime, the company is bringing in "emergency response resources" to make sure "critical needs are met while we normalize operations," Dunn said.
Republic garbage trucks were seen operating in Mineral Ridge Friday morning.