No end seen to garbage strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two sides differ on wage increases and health benefits. Last week, the union rejected Waste Management’s offer and by Friday more than 450 garbage workers went on strike. Waste Management continued Monday to use replacement drivers to service commercial and residential routes in Carson, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes and several other cities in the region. But residents reported that collection was spotty. Tom Hart, who lives on Daladier Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, said his trash had not been emptied since Friday. He said he left out two cans of green waste, but brought one garbage can inside. “If you leave it out there, the raccoons and skunks get to it and throw it all over the neighborhood,” he said. Hart said his other collection day is Tuesday, so he would put the cans out again and see what happened. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER About 450 striking Waste Management workers appear to be no closer to returning to work today as the stoppage enters its fifth day. Though representatives of the company and Teamsters Local 396 say they are open to resuming negotiations, they have not met and prospects for a quick resolution appear to be dim. Waste Management urged residents to leave their cans out, and said most customers were experiencing a delay of about one day. “We’ve got drivers out driving,” said spokeswoman Kit Cole. “We’re bringing in folks as fast as we can.” In some areas, the company is collecting trash but not recyclables because trash creates a greater public health hazard. In Manhattan Beach, the city received only three complaint calls due to the strike, said Public Works Director Jim Arndt. “It’s actually better than we thought it would be at this time,” Arndt said. Waste Management appeared to be collecting most of the residential and commercial trash on time, though recyclables and green waste were expected to be about a day behind schedule. The striking workers continued to picket outside Waste Management yards in Sun Valley, Compton and Carson. Long Beach Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal visited the picket lines on Saturday and, according to union officials, expressed her support for the striking workers. Lowenthal, a Democrat, is running for the 54th Assembly District seat that includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula. For service queries, Waste Management asks South Bay customers to call 800-774-0222. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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