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March 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Union garbage drivers walk out 1 day to support Alabamans

Garbage pickup should get back to normal Friday after hundreds of drivers from Allied Waste/Republic Services declined to make rounds Thursday.

Members of Teamsters union locals 174 and 117 respected a picket line walked here by two drivers from Mobile, Alabama, where a strike is under way, said Tracey Thompson, secretary-treasurer of Local 117.

But the drivers here will be back to work Friday, after management in Alabama agreed to reopen negotiations Friday morning, she said.

The company’s Bellevue regional website apologized for the disruption and told customers: “If your garbage, recycling, and/or yard debris service is missed today, you may put up to double the amount on your next regularly scheduled collection day.”

Pickets showed up Thursday in Bellevue, Kent, Lynnwood and Seattle, Thompson said, and the company estimates that 60,000 customers were affected.  Similar walkouts have occurred in Columbus, Ohio, and Buffalo, N.Y., the union says.

A KING 5 story from earlier Thursday is here.

 

 

 

 

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