I landfill/transfer stations are Teamsters and they were telling us Sunday the stations may be closing down due to Corona virus. That is not good.

A Message from Teamsters Waste and Recycling Division Director Chuck Stiles:

First and foremost, I want to send my sincere gratitude and support to all the waste workers who are currently on the front lines keeping our country safe during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Please know the Waste and Recycling Division is working very closely with locals across the country to make sure you are protected from exposure while on the job. Your safety is our top priority. That is why last Monday the Division sent letters to the CEOs of the “Big Three”—Waste Management, Republic Services, and Waste Connections—asking each company to provide details on the steps they’re taking to ensure the health and safety of sanitation workers. In each letter, we also requested specific changes to the company’s attendance policies and paid time off (PTO) for members who have been affected.

Waste Management contacted the Division on Wednesday, confirming receipt of the letter and promising to send a response. Their response was received on Thursday and contained many positive proposals including job security, guaranteed pay and excused absences for workers during the crisis. While not perfect, Waste Management has made a good-faith effort to address our concerns.