Members of Teamsters Local 631 authorize strike after weeks of contentious negotiations; The contract expires May 31st
LA VEGAS, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More than 1,200 members of Teamsters Local 631 in Vegas voted to authorize a strike at Republic Services last night. The vote in favor of the strike was overwhelming, with 95% of participating members voting in favour, and comes after weeks of contentious contract negotiations with the company.
“We have been dedicated workers throughout the pandemic, serving on the front lines to keep Vegas clean and safe. It means putting our health and well-being at risk. We deserve better than this,” said Samuel Bronsona commercial driver for 18 years with Republic Services and a member of Local 631. “The company calls me and my co-workers ‘heroes,’ but they don’t treat us that way at work. In fact, They don’t even treat us with common human decency. We can’t stand this treatment any longer. Your vote reflects our belief that we deserve better. The Republic Services must be held accountable. It’s time for this company to negotiate in good faith. and negotiate a fair contract.
Bronson and his colleagues serve communities and businesses across Vegas, including McCarran International Airport, casinos and other major tourist attractions. If a contract is not ratified quickly, the city could experience a major waste transportation disruption, impacting tens of thousands of residents, tourists and businesses.
“The overwhelming vote sends the clearest possible message to Republic Services about how our members are insulted and disrespected by this society,” said Tommy Blitschsecretary-treasurer of Local 631. “These workers will not hesitate to strike if things don’t change in the next three weeks.”
Local 631 and the company will return to the bargaining table later this month. The current contract expires on May 31st.
“Republic Services will stop at nothing to bust the union. Their behavior in negotiations with Local 631 shows they have learned nothing from the past year. Republic workers have had enough. They’ve had enough. Across the country, our members are fighting back and telling this company they won’t take it anymore,” said chuck stiles, director of the solid waste and recycling division of the Teamsters. “This is our biggest unit at Republic, and we won’t allow the company to gut this contract. If we don’t stop this from happening in Vegas, there’s no doubt this company will continue these tactics in other places. The Teamsters are “I’m not going to stand it. We will be vigilant.”
On December 9, 2021more than 400 sanitation workers employed by Republic Services in Orange County, California., went on strike in response to the company’s unfair labor practices during contract negotiations. A week after the Orange County strike, more than 400 San Diego County the workers began a month-long strike against the Republic following similar disputes in contract negotiations.
The Republic Services CEO’s total compensation is more than $12 million in 2020, or 154 times the salary of an average worker in the Republic. The company reported 15% growth in total revenue for 2021. Rather than investing profits in higher salaries or new trucks, the company spent more than $736 million buy back his stock. Meanwhile, workers continue to fight for better working conditions, and collecting trash and recycling remains the fifth most dangerous job in America.
“Republic Services has earned billions from its staff and posted record profits during the pandemic,” said Sean M. O’Brien, general president of the Teamsters. “Clearly they won’t like us until we demand that they recognize the role we play in their success. We will strike if necessary. The members of Local 631 are ready and they will have the support of over a million Teamsters on the other side North America.”
This Sunday, O’Brien, Stiles and Blitsch will hold a nationwide call for all Republic Services Teamster members to discuss strategy and begin preparations for a possible sanitation strike in Vegas.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 7,000 Republic Services workers across United States.
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters