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Trash strikes spread across Ohio and beyond
Workers in three states are in disputes with waste management company

Tim Rudell
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A small strike in Youngstown is becoming a much broader work stoppage throughout Ohio. And now, the national company it is targeting is having labor problems elsewhere. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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When Republic Services, a major refuse-collection company, told employees in Youngstown it was changing their benefit plans, the workers balked.

Twenty-three members of Teamsters Local 377 walked off the job in March. And, as negotiations stalled, they extended picketing to other northeast Ohio communities. Refuse workers from Canton to Elyria responded.

Brett Caldwell of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters says that's magnified the work stoppage.

"Even though its 23 workers in Youngstown that are on strike, about 600 workers are honoring picket lines in Ohio right now."

Caldwell says Republic won’t negotiate.

In statements reported by the Youngstown Vindicator, Republic says workers won’t accept its proposals. Meanwhile, Caldwell says Republic is having problems beyond Ohio. On Monday, "We had workers go out on strike in McDonough, Ga.  And today workers in Memphis, Tenn., went out on strike.”

Republic has said it will use supervisor and non-union workers to operate where there are work stoppages.
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I am a worker for Republic Service and yes we are on strike down here in McDonough, Ga. and yes i am proud of what we doing, STANDING UP TO THOSE BULLIES!!!

Posted by: Henry Owens (McDonough, Ga.) on April 19, 2013 9:04AM
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