Memphis Sanitation Workers Back on Strike

Memphis Sanitation Workers Back on Strike

Sanitation workers with Republic Services went back on strike early Tuesday morning.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Sanitation workers with Republic Services went back on strike early Tuesday morning.

Republic Services, which is in the fourth year of its five-year contract with the City of Memphis, collects residential and commercial waste for eastern portions of the city, such as Cordova, Berryhill and Countrywood, and the Shelby County suburbs.

Members of the Teamsters 984 labor union began a work stoppage due to alleged violations of federal labor laws and reduced pay, according to the Teamster's website.

"For the second time in four months, members of Teamsters 984 have decided to go on strike," stated Roger Lawrence, General Manager of Republic Services in Memphis. "We appreciate the patience of our customers at this time and assure them that we will meet their waste and recycling needs."

Union workers went on a three-day strike in January following a dispute over safety bonuses.

Memphis Public Works issued a statement that the City is working with management at Republic to minimize any disruption of services, and residents should set out their garbage cans and recycling bins on their regularly-scheduled collection day.

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