No end for strike against waste hauler Republic Services; the union rejects the last offer

The union representing more than 250 Republic Services employees who quit their jobs three weeks ago has rejected an offer from the waste hauler, the company said Thursday.

“Republic Services is disappointed that the union representing our striking employees in San Diego and Chula Vista has rejected a company proposal that would have resulted in a new employment contract and the end of the three-week work stoppage union, ”read an emailed statement. of the company.

Garbage pickup has stopped in areas such as Bonita, Chula Vista, Clairemont, Eastlake and other parts of San Diego County after the workers strike on December 17. their waste in Republic Services landfills.

The country’s second-largest waste collection company said Thursday marked the 15the bargaining session with Teamsters Local 542, five of which involved a federal mediator.

Union officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Republic Services did not say whether negotiations will continue and declined to share details of the offer, but said in its statement that the company’s offer “included a very competitive salary and total compensation and benefited from support and encouragement from partners and city leaders “.

Thursday’s announcement comes after the city of San Diego threatened to take action against the waste hauler if it does not provide the city with a “plan to immediately address these issues regarding your failure.” The notice, sent by the city’s environmental services division on December 30, gave Republic Services until January 3 to respond.

The company responded that day with a letter assuring the city “that we are negotiating in good faith to reach a fair resolution as quickly as possible.” Officials went on to list work the waste hauler said it did amid the work stoppage, including adding drivers and supervisors for San Diego routes, rolling containers so that facilities for the city can properly dispose of their waste and set up free waste disposal for themselves. -transport in their landfills.

City officials said on Wednesday they were reviewing the Republic services action plan.

Until further notice, the company said on Thursday that its “emergency operations plan” will continue and that its “blue team” out-of-area “drivers” will remain at work and continue to make progress in serving our customers. ” .

After weeks of stacked trash bags and remaining vacation packages, customers in Chula Vista and parts of San Diego saw some relief last week after their black trash cans were picked up by blue teams. Yet an unknown number of customers have yet to receive service. Republic Services said on Monday it expected its residential solid waste collection to catch up by Friday. Recyclable materials and garden waste were not picked up; the company said it is currently focusing on solid waste.

Chula Vista City Manager Maria Kachadoorian said on Wednesday that she had asked the city’s parks and public works teams to pick up trash in the public right-of-way., in particular the new local rainwater collectors.

We are also working to re-establish recycling and green waste disposal services, with alternatives mapped out if a proper resumption of service does not take place this week. We don’t have the staff or the equipment to pick up the containers and take over the services provided by Republic Services, ”she said.

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