Teamsters Fight in Republic Backyard, Win Representation of Over 100 Arizona Waste Workers
(PHOENIX) — Yesterday, 113 Republic Services waste workers in Phoenix voted to form their union with Teamsters Local 104 to address years of workplace concerns. They seek higher wages, affordable health care and better working conditions.
“For too long we’ve been underpaid, overworked and definitely undervalued,” said Lance Higgins, residential driver at Republic Services Phoenix. “We were fed up with the company mentality that favors the road or the road. We were overdue for a change, and we knew the Teamsters would give us the power and the resources to get the improvements we long needed at work.
The workers held out for representation with the Teamsters. Despite a nasty union-busting effort by the company, Higgins and his colleagues remained united in their campaign to win a voice at work and end inadequate wages and expensive health care.
“It’s a shame that Republic treats employees in their own backyard with such disrespect. It’s just one more reason why Republic workers everywhere need a union voice. work,” said Chuck Stiles, Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division Manager. But above all, I want to thank the workers of the Republic for sticking together and taking control of their future. Now we will fight at the bargaining table for a strong first contract.”
Based in Phoenix, Republic Services [NYSE: RSG] is the second largest waste collection and landfill company in America.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 7,000 Republic Services workers across the United States
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