Sanitation workers strike, claim company violating federal labor laws

Source: WGCL

Sanitation workers for Republic Services have walked off the job, claiming the company is violating federal labor laws.

The workers walked off the job and began protesting with picket signs at midnight.

Some workers say the sanitation company is violating the federal labor law by outsourcing mechanic work to subcontractors. 120 drivers, helpers, mechanics and dispatchers have chosen to go on strike.

Teamsters Local 728 say while Republic Services counts its billions, including a $190 million corporate tax cut it recently received, the workers say they're not even given affordable health care coverage.

The teamsters also claim Republic Allied Waste in 2017 enjoyed total revenues of more than $10 billion while they're left with crumbs. Republic Services is the second largest provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling, and energy services in the United States.

CBS46 has reached out to Republic Services for a comment on the strike but have not yet received a reply. We have also not located a press release sent out by the company in response to the strike.

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