If Garbage Haulers Strike, Normandy Park City Workers May Fill In


According to the March 26 City of Normandy Park City Manager’s Report, if garbage haulers in Normandy Park go on strike this week:

“The City has the right to require Allied-Republic to lease their equipment to the City, in the event of contract default, so City employees can collect solid waste.”

That’s right – if a strike is called (which could be as early as midnight Wednesday, March 31st), you just might see city workers out collecting garbage and recycling beginning Thursday, April 1st (and that ain’t no joke).

However, City Manager Doug Schulze warns us not to expect to see any high-ranking officials going door to door collecting trash.

“If it got to that, we’d have members of our public works staff out there,” he said. “And we’d probably set up some drop-off stations for people to bring their trash and recycling.”

Too bad. We were so looking forward to seeing Mayor George Hadley in a bright yellow vest hanging off a big ol’ garbage truck lifting cans.

Here’s the actual announcement from the newsletter (sign up here to receive it yourself free from the city):

Potential Sanitation Worker Strike
Teamsters Local 117 and 174 represents sanitation workers employed by Allied – Republic and Waste Management. Contracts between the sanitation workers (trash and recycling collection) Allied-Republic and Waste Management will soon expire.

If agreement is not reached on a tentative contract proposal, sanitation workers may vote to authorize a strike as early as Monday, March 29th. If Teamsters Local 117 and 174 vote to strike, it is likely that landfill workers at King County transfer stations will honor the picket line. Allied-Republic provides solid waste and recycling collection service to Normandy Park residences under contract with the City of Normandy Park.

Based on terms of the contract, the City has the right to require Allied-Republic to lease their equipment to the City, in the event of contract default, so City employees can collect solid waste. Contract default would occur if Allied-Republic fails to perform for a period of five consecutive days. City staff will have plans in place to provide, at a minimum, basic solid waste disposal options for residents in the event of a strike. However, conversations with representatives from Allied-Republic as well as Teamsters suggest both sides are optimistic about reaching a tentative agreement over the weekend.


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