On Tuesday afternoon, union representatives told News 8 that negotiations were still ongoing. Meanwhile, more and more residents say the garbage piles are increasing.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif .– After a Christmas hiatus, negotiations resumed Tuesday between Republic Services and striking sanitation workers.
Workers have been on strike for over a week now, demanding a new contract with better pay, safer work trucks and other provisions.
“I think it’s very encouraging that both parties are back on the table from eight o’clock this morning,” Chula Vista board member Steve Padilla told News 8 on Tuesday.
Padilla, along with Deputy Mayor Andrea Cardenas, issued a statement urging the services of the Republic and the union representing the workers to resume negotiations as soon as possible after the Christmas recess.
“They weren’t scheduled to return to the table until next week,” Padilla explained. “And obviously this is a difficult and critical time, it is an essential municipal service that keeps our community healthy and safe.”
As the strike and negotiations unfold, residents of Chula Vista have already complained about the build-up of trash for days. Garbage piles are also becoming a nuisance in other parts of San Diego.
Neighbors in Bankers Hill showed News 8 overflowing dumpsters on Monday. In Kearny Mesa, a cellphone video shows a trash can at Ariva Apartments with several bags inside. The apartments management emailed the residents, saying the strike was the cause of the backup and “Please know that we are working diligently and trying to outsource additional businesses to help resolve the issue. problem”.
“These workers are essential frontline workers who, frankly, are a part of this community and a part of this community as well,” said Padilla. “Their waste is not collected, their waste does not move, their recycling does not move.”
Republic has faced and resolved similar strikes before, most recently in Los Angeles. City Councilor Padilla said Chula Vista’s contract with the company allows Republic to negotiate and negotiate with the goal of ending the strike before contractual issues arise.
Padilla said he and the city are hopeful that this will happen soon.
Padilla and Cardenas issued the following joint statement in response to the ongoing labor dispute between Republic Services and the Chula Vista sanitation workers represented by Teamsters Local 542:
“We share the disappointment of our colleagues Chula Vistans with the lack of garbage collection last week. The strike that began on December 17th could not have come at a worse time for our community. City officials have worked very hard over the past week, including this statutory holiday weekend, to ensure Republic Services continues to provide the services required under our franchise agreement. Despite these efforts, we recognize that full regular service has still not resumed.
Republic Services is obligated to mitigate impacts and fulfill its obligations under the contract to protect the health and safety of our community. In consultation with the City Manager, she informed us that City staff are currently working with Republic to ensure that at a minimum, garbage is picked up and disposed of properly until this labor dispute is resolved. We are also working to re-establish recycling and green waste disposal services and to develop contingency plans if adequate services are not resumed immediately.
For single-family homes, Republic Services has informed the City that all garbage will be picked up on the day scheduled this week. Please leave your bins (the black ones) at the curb to pick them up. Until the full resumption of services, please do not leave your recycling (blue cans) or your garden waste (green cans) at the curb in order to avoid the accumulation of objects on the public road. Recycling and yard waste can be sent to the Otay landfill for disposal at no cost to residents of Chula Vista.
The Otay landfill will be open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The landfill will close at 3 p.m. on December 31, New Years Eve.
Pickups for commercial and multi-family customers will take place this week, but it may not be the scheduled service day. If you have a critical issue with waste buildup, please contact Republic Waste at 619-421-9400.
Finally, we strongly urged Republic Services and Teamsters Local 542 to return immediately to the bargaining table. We are happy to announce that the two sides will resume negotiations from tomorrow, Tuesday, December 28 at 8:00 a.m. We encourage an early settlement on a fair contract to be concluded, so that we can resolve this untenable situation. We appreciate the work of our essential frontline sanitation workers, especially in times of a global pandemic. “
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