Statement on Rabanco Labor Disruption
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) today issued the following statement regarding the Wednesday, April 17, Rabanco Ltd. (Rabanco) labor disruption by its drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117:
The commission is monitoring the continuing Rabanco labor dispute in Ohio and its possible effects on customers in Washington state. Commission staff will conduct an investigation into any service interruptions during and subsequent to labor actions.
The UTC’s primary focus during a strike or labor disruption is to ensure that safe, adequate service continues for the company’s 10,300 regulated garbage, recycling and yard waste customers.
Today, the UTC’s executive director sent Rabanco 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.
According to the company’s contingency plan, the company will communicate any delays with customers via its website, email and outbound telephone calls.
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.
Editor’s Note: Rabanco Ltd. holds solid waste certificate #G-12 from the UTC. The company operates under numerous DBA’s.
Customers can report missed pickups to the commission’s Consumer Help Line by calling 888-333-WUTC (9882) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org