Newcastle garbage service returns to normal after strike ends

August 2, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

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NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 2012

Newcastle garbage service is returning to normal after Teamsters Local 117 struck against Waste Management, the hauler for Newcastle and many other communities in King and Snohomish counties.

Newcastle residents could still experience delay in recycling and yard waste pick-up. Any missed accounts receive double load pickups at no additional cost. City officials directed customers to the Waste Mangement website, www.wmnorthwest.com, for additional information about service.

Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers went on strike over wage and benefits issues July 25.

King County leaders applauded the action to end the strike.

“I’m pleased to see that both sides have worked towards a tentative agreement and that Waste Management has responded to the call of the County and cities to reach resolution quickly for the benefit of its customers and our residents,” County Executive Dow Constantine said. “I’ve always felt that when two sides bargain in good faith they can reach a fair and equitable resolution.”

County Council President Larry Gossett said the agreement benefits Waste Management and the drivers.

“The contract ratified by Teamsters Local 117 benefits the company, recycle and yard waste drivers and most importantly, the customers who receive their garbage and recycling services from the employees,” he said in a statement. “I want to applaud the recycle and yard waste drivers and the Teamsters Local 117 in their efforts to achieve a fair contract and preserving their livable wage jobs.”

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