SEATTLE – Some residents of western Washington may have to wait until next week to have their trash picked up after workers at a recycling and waste-handling company went on strike Wednesday.
Republic Services said there was a temporary work stoppage led by out-of-state union members.
The union said more than 250 workers at the company’s San Diego facilities went on strike in December.
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“These employees have worked throughout the pandemic to keep San Diego clean and safe, and all they’re asking is that Republic Services negotiate fairly with them on their new contract,” said Jaime Vasquez, secretary- treasurer of Teamsters Local 542 in San Diego. .
Local union workers walked the picket lines at Republic Services facilities in Seattle, Bellevue, Lynnwood and Kent on Wednesday.
Winter weather has also delayed pickups for several Puget Sound residents.
The company said it would collect double the waste free of charge on the day of net service collection.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding,” the company said on its website.
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