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Regulatory Agency Statement on Waste Management Strike

Published

7/26/2012

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Media Contact: (360) 664-1116 or media@utc.wa.gov
 
Regulatory Agency Statement on Waste Management Strike
 
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) today issued the following statement regarding the Waste Management labor disruption with its recycling and yard-waste drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117:
 
We have been informed that Waste Management and the Teamsters have not been able to come to agreement. The UTC’s primary focus during a strike is to ensure that safe, adequate service continues for the more than 120,000 regulated Waste Management garbage, recycling and yard waste customers.
 
Commission regulatory staff has been in communication with the company regarding safety and consumer protection issues since June 13 in preparation for such an event. On June 15, the UTC’s executive director sent Waste Management a letter outlining the commission’s expectations regarding state-mandated regulatory, safety and consumer protection requirements. The company has submitted a copy of its labor disruption contingency plan to the UTC.
 
Waste Management’s labor disruption contingency plan outlines how the company intends to provide service during the strike and ensure the qualifications of its replacement drivers and safety of service vehicles.
 
According to plan, the company will provide service to all “critical” facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes and restaurants, without interruption. Commission staff has reviewed the company’s strike contingency plan, and is satisfied that it has a plan for continuing service, as well as, access to safe and qualified drivers during the strike.
 
Residential and commercial customers’ material may not be collected in the first days of a strike as the replacement workforce comes up to speed. For any customers missed during the first days of the strike, the company states it will pick up extra material for no extra charge at the next scheduled collection pickup.
 
According to the company’s contingency plan, it will communicate any delays with customers via its website and through media outlets, outbound telephone calls, and extended customer service center hours.
The UTC regulates the rates and services of privately owned solid waste and recycling companies. Please visit www.utc.wa.gov/solidwaste for more information.
 
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Consumer; Transportation

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Created at 7/26/2012 10:54 AM by Maxwell, Amanda (UTC)
Last modified at 7/26/2012 10:54 AM by Maxwell, Amanda (UTC)