Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law to crack down on the sham unions in the private carting industry. The legislation, which was sponsored by City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, was a long-time priority of Teamsters Local 813.

Of all the safety, environmental, and labor violations that plague the private carting industry, one of the most egregious is the prevalence of sham unions that work to undermine legitimate labor organizing.

The private sanitation industry subjects workers to grueling, and at times, life-threatening work. To make matters worse, in many shops, the unions that are supposed to protect workers’ rights operate are mere extensions the company’s ownership. Sham unions and company owners collude to turn a profit at the expense of workers and to prevent workers from ever securing good benefits and worker protections.
Mayor Signs Law Protecting Sanitation Union Rights - Teamsters