Drivers worried about lockout after rejecting Waste Management offer

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 8 at 8:23 PM

Recycling truck drivers worry they'll be locked out after rejecting Waste Management's offer in contract negotiations.
 
Recycling truck drivers authorized a strike on a contract offer as they try to close a $10--an-hour wage gap between them and garbage truck drivers.
    
The company then made a last, best and final offer, with $2,000 ratification bonus instead of a first-year wage increase.

"They're trying to pressure their workers and what they don't understand is that these workers fully know the value or lack of value of a ratification bonus as opposed to a wage increase,” said Tracey Thompson, Teamsters Local 117

"It's quite an incredible package. There are few employees in Puget Sound who are being offered a four percent increase in wage and benefits on an annual basis,” said Robin Freedman, Waste Management.

The company asked the Teamsters to vote on the final offer this weekend. The union said no.

 

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