Garbage Haulers' Strike Continues In Chicago

Date: October 1, 2003

Source: News Room

Striking garbage workers in Chicago have overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from the Chicago Area Refuse Haulers Association. About 3,300 Teamsters who handle waste from the city's suburbs and high-rises have been on strike since last Wednesday. As a result, activity at area landfills has dropped dramatically. The haulers' association represents 16 of the largest private haulers in the Chicago area. But the leaders of Teamsters Locals 731 and 301 recommended their members vote against the association's proposed five-year contract, saying the two sides were still more than 50 cents per hour apart in each year. Association officials said that over the five-year contract, compensation would have risen 24 percent, including benefits.

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