San Diego Republic Service workers on strike. Courtesy of Teamsters Local 542

Garbage is believed to be piling up in some San Diego County apartments and condominiums due to strike Republic Services sanitation workers have entered its sixth day.

The strike of 250 workers represented by Teamsters Local 542 began at four Republic Services locations across the county on Friday.

Local members voted to authorize a strike on December 13 after their contract expired at the end of November.

“We don’t want to be here going back and forth with the business when we should be there serving our customers. They depend on us to pick up their garbage, and that’s what we want to do. But we can’t do it if we don’t have a contract – a fair contract, ”said Laderer Hampton, driver at Republic Services.

Chuck Stiles, manager of the Teamsters’ solid waste and recycling division, said the company had given the union “no choice but to go on strike.”

“We are asking the company to respect workers’ rights, to make sure they are safe during the pandemic and to use safe equipment, and to pay them a fair return on their work,” he said. -he declares.

Chula Vista city councilor Steve Padilla, whose town is affected by the strike, called on the company to negotiate with the strikers.

“When Republic Services contracted with the City of Chula Vista to manage our waste management, they accepted the obligation to maintain labor peace and fair labor practices,” said Padilla. “Now that their employees – many of whom have been with the company for decades – have called their very first strike, I implore Republic Services to take decisive action to meet the needs of their workers and the residents of Chula Vista.

Republic Services is the second largest waste collection, disposal and landfill company in the United States with facilities in more than 40 states.

Workers in Anaheim and Huntington Beach ended a seven-day strike earlier this month after ratifying a new agreement.

Updated at 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021

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