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    Default Republic Services

    (COLUMBUS, Ohio) –– Teamsters Local 284 members employed by Republic Services of Columbus, Ohio, filed suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, March 13, to recover unpaid overtime for hours they were forced to work off-the-clock in violation of federal and state wage and hour laws.

    Republic adopted a policy in May 2017 requiring all bargaining unit employees to spend time donning their required work uniforms and safety equipment before clocking in, and also that each worker clock out before removing their uniform and safety equipment at the end of each work day.

    The policy of the company affects all 108 bargaining unit employees, and has resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars for members. The lawsuit presents an opportunity for members to recover monies they are legally owed under the law.

    “The change in policy for Teamsters Local 284 members clocking in and out violates a long-standing practice of compensating members for activities which are clearly necessary and related to their primary work function,” said Mark Vandak, President of Local 284.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/03/te...age-violations

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    Default L.A. Republic Services Teamsters Approve New Contract Raising Wages, Improving Benefi

    (LOS ANGELES) – Los Angeles County Republic Services waste workers approved a five-year contract this week that will increase wages and improve the company’s contributions to workers’ health and pension plans.

    The 700-person unit voted on Monday to back the agreement after working without a contract since January. It raises hourly pay for Republic Services drivers and mechanics. In addition, the company pledges to raise its contributions towards health and pension benefits each year of the contract.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/07/la...oving-benefits
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    Default Teamsters Authorize Strike at Republic Services in Atlanta

    (ATLANTA) – Sanitation workers employed by Republic Services [NYSE: RSG] voted yesterday to authorize a strike to protest the company’s violations of federal labor law.

    The 120 drivers, helpers and mechanics who are members of Teamsters Local 728 in Atlanta may exercise their legal right to strike in protest of Republic’s violations of federal labor laws that protect workers’ rights. Republic broke federal law when it took work away from its full-time mechanics and outsourced it to subcontractors.

    "I voted to authorize a strike because this giant corporation thinks it can get away with breaking the law and intimidating us. When we do the work that earns the company billions, and it tries to bully us by subcontracting our work, it’s time for us to stand together and fight back," said Marcus Redding, a mechanic in Atlanta.

    If workers decide to go on strike, it will not be the first time at a Republic/Allied Waste facility in Georgia. In 2013, workers at the company’s hauling yard in McDonough went on strike to protest Republic’s violations of federal labor laws.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/08/te...rvices-atlanta
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    Default Re: Teamsters Authorize Strike at Republic Services in Atlanta

    Atlanta sanitation workers end strike with hopes of new contract

    After hours of protest, more than 100 Atlanta sanitation workers ended their strike Friday afternoon with hopes of a new contract.

    But there seems to be some disagreement as to how the strike ended.

    Republic said in a press release that it “accepted an immediate and unconditional offer by Teamsters 728 to return to work.” Ben Speight, strike organizer, said there was no such offer nor was there even a conversation.

    “We had intended all along to have a one-day action. We didn’t want to telegraph that to the company,” Speight said, adding that strikers “made a tactical decision that we hit them sufficiently with an economic penalty for breaking the law.”

    Contract negotiations are what caused the employee action Friday.
    https://www.ajc.com/news/local/atlan...Ic7cZXlSqyXhJ/

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    Default Re: Teamsters Authorize Strike at Republic Services in Atlanta

    Teamsters File EEOC Charges Against Republic Services in Memphis
    MEMPHIS, Tenn.) - Teamsters who work at Republic Services, Bill Gates’ giant trash corporation [NYSE: RSG], are fighting back against discrimination.

    African-American employees in Memphis and Millington, Tenn., have filed U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges against Republic, alleging that the company intentionally shorts pay checks, creates meritless discipline, and suddenly changes work times and start locations for black workers. In the EEOC filing, workers state that the company has engaged in “continuous efforts to make work conditions hostile and malicious for black drivers.”

    Republic Services workers in Memphis and Millington are members of Teamsters Local 667.

    “Republic’s sanitation workers risk their lives every day to protect the public health, in the fifth most dangerous job in America,” said James Jones, President of Local 667. “It is outrageous that Republic takes in $10 billion a year and that Bill Gates gets about $100 million in stock dividends each year, yet the company discriminates against African-American workers here in Memphis.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/07/te...rvices-memphis
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    Republic Negotiations Break Down Again
    (BOSTON) – Early this morning, Teamsters Local 25 resumed negotiations with Republic Services only to have them break down again in the face of company stonewalling. After less than two hours at the table, management’s anti-union, Phoenix-based negotiator offered nothing new to the Teamsters negotiating team.

    “Republic has the chance to end this strike and get back to serving the community right now. Unfortunately it’s obvious they aren’t interested in finding a resolution,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters Local 25 President. “Every day Republic is paying thousands of dollars for scabs, private security and fines. They are letting garbage pile up everywhere. But to them it’s not just about milking every last cent out of a worker’s labor, it’s about having uncontrolled power. However, the Teamsters union will not back down.”

    Teamsters Local 25 members struck Republic Services in Marshfield, Massachusetts at 1:00 a.m., Thursday, August 29. Since the strike began the 24 Teamsters Local 25 members have walked the picket lines outside Republic Services, located on Route 139 (965 Plain St.) in Marshfield. Workers are picketing 24 hours, 7 days per week and have received support from area residents, elected officials and many other unions. Teamsters Local 25 urges other union members and supporters to show solidarity by joining their hardworking union brothers and sisters on the picket line.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/09/re...eak-down-again

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    Default Re: Teamsters Authorize Strike at Republic Services in Atlanta

    Marshfield, Mass., Republic Services Strikers Extend Picket Line to Fall River
    (BOSTON) – Striking Marshfield Republic Services Teamsters extended their picket lines to Fall River, Massachusetts early this morning. Members began picketing outside 1080 Airport Road in Fall River after Republic moved trucks and equipment from the Marshfield yard to Fall River yard.

    “When faced with a greedy company such as Republic Services, Teamsters take the fight to the streets from Boston to San Jose and now to Fall River,” said Sean O’Brien, Teamsters Local 25 President. “Greedy, cynical companies such as Republic have to learn when they take on Teamsters in one city, they are taking on the entire Teamster union.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/09/ma...ine-fall-river

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    Default Re: Teamsters Authorize Strike at Republic Services in Atlanta

    Teamsters at Republic Services Extend Picket Lines to California

    (SAN JOSE and FREMONT, Calif.) – Sanitation workers on strike at Republic Services [NYSE: RSG] in Marshfield, Mass., extended their picket line to California early yesterday morning. Republic Services/Allied Waste workers at the company’s Newby Island Resource Recovery Park in San Jose—including recycling, organics, mechanics, collection and administrative employees—exercised their right to refuse to cross the picket line on Thursday morning.

    Then early this morning, the striking sanitation workers from Massachusetts extended their picket line to a Republic yard in Fremont, Calif., that services residential and commercial customers in Fremont, Newark and Union City. The drivers and mechanics there are refusing to cross the line. In addition, the picket line was extended to a Republic Services yard in Fall River, Mass., this morning, where Republic employees there refused to cross the picket line.
    The Fremont employees who are honoring the picket line of their striking colleagues today are members of Teamsters Local 70 in Fremont. These workers have the right under federal labor law to refuse to cross picket lines in support of striking workers at other Republic Services locations.

    The Newby Island employees who honored the picket lines of their striking colleagues yesterday are members of Teamsters Local 350 in Daly City. In addition, transfer drivers who are members of Teamsters Local 315 who haul to Newby Island from Richmond and Martinez, Calif., refused to cross the picket line. Transfer and collection drivers from other locations who are members of Teamsters Local 350 honored the line as well.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/09/te...nes-california
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    Republic Services Sanitation Workers in Northern and Southern California Authorize Strike

    ANAHEIM AND SAN JOSE, CA - Hundreds of sanitation workers employed by Republic Services in both Northern and Southern California have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the company. These hard-working men and women are members of Teamsters Local 396 based in Covina, California, and Teamsters Local 350 based in Daly City, California. Both of these Local Unions are affiliated to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents more than 7,000 Republic Services workers across the United States.

    In 2018, Republic Services earned $10 billion in revenues and ended up with $1 billion in profits. Rather than investing those profits into higher wages or new trucks, Republic Services spent more than $736 million buying back its own stock. Meanwhile, waste and recycling collection is the 5th most dangerous job in America.

    This strike vote is the latest in a series of actions taken by Republic Services workers across the United States who are demanding improved wages, benefits, and job protections. On August 29th, workers at Republic Services in Marshfield, Massachusetts began a strike against the company. In September, they extended their picket lines to Republic Services facilities in Northern and Southern California where fellow Teamsters exercised their right to refuse to cross the picket lines. Strikes against Republic Services have also occurred in Georgia by members of Teamsters Local 728 who struck in Cumming, Georgia and extended their picket lines to McDonough, Georgia and Evansville, Indiana.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/09/re...thorize-strike

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    Mass. Teamsters on Strike at Republic Services Extend Picket Lines to Seattle

    Seems to me there is going to be a lot of trash piling up!

    (SEATTLE) - Sanitation workers on strike at Republic Services [NYSE: RSG] in Marshfield, Mass., extended their picket line to Seattle this morning. Approximately 250 Republic Services/Allied Waste workers throughout the Puget Sound area—members of Teamsters Local 38, Local 117, Local 174 and Local 763—exercised their right to honor the picket line.

    The striking workers, members of Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, began their strike on August 29 after Republic refused to agree to a contract with a livable wage and affordable health care. On average, the striking sanitation workers are paid 40 percent below what it takes to make a living wage in Massachusetts for a family with one adult and one child, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator.

    “Republic Services set a record last year with almost $3 billion in profits,” said striking Republic employee Bernie Egan-Mullen. “But instead of providing safe working conditions and industry-standard health care and retirement plans, the company is using its record profits to pay out huge salaries to its executives and huge dividends to its shareholders.”

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates is Republic Services’ biggest shareholder. His personal investment manager, Michael Larson, sits on Republic’s Board of Directors.

    “That’s why we’re here in Seattle,” Egan-Mullen said. “Bill Gates gets over $100 million in stock dividends alone from Republic each year, yet meanwhile we are on the picket line for a living wage.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/10/ma...-lines-seattle

 

 
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