BREAKING: Waste Management and Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement
Following a confidential meeting between the parties’ lead negotiators, Waste Management and Teamsters Local 117 announced late Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 1) that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new 6-year contract.
Teamster leadership and the bargaining committee will fully recommend that members approve the new contract at a ratification vote, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday (Aug. 2) at the Union Hall in Tukwila.
“Garbage drivers will return to work in the morning and begin servicing their regular Thursday collection routes,” reads an announcement, “However, due to the timing of the ratification vote, recycling and yard waste collection will be limited.”
“We are extremely pleased that we reached an agreement on a new contract that delivers a solid compensation package to our hardworking and professional drivers”, said Robin Freedman, spokesperson for Waste Management. “Although regular drivers will be back on their routes tomorrow it will take time to fully recover from this unfortunate situation. We appreciate the community’s patience during this time.”
“Teamster drivers work hard and deserve fair compensation for the important work that they perform,” announced Tracey Thompson, Secretary Treasurer for Teamster Local 117. “We are pleased to have negotiated a contract that recognizes the professionalism of our members.”
“I’m pleased to see that both sides have worked towards a tentative agreement and that Waste Management has responded to the call of the County and cities to reach resolution quickly for the benefit of its customers and our residents,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a statement.
“I’ve always felt that when two sides bargain in good faith they can reach a fair and equitable resolution.”