Waste workers at Teamsters Local 396 in Southern California have overwhelmingly ratified six separate contracts—covering more than 1,100 members—that contain many improvements.

The contracts are for waste workers in Orange County working at five companies: Waste Management, Republic Services, CR&R Environmental Services, Buena Park Disposal and Ware Disposal. All the contracts were ratified by a margin of about 90 percent.

“The magnitude of this, all these contracts expiring at the same time – it’s huge,” said Javier Bonales, Vice President of Teamsters Local 396. “We knew we had to roll up our sleeves, because there was a lot of work to do and not a lot of time.”