A strike has disrupted garbage pickup in Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Fremont and Union City, and might affect Richmond as well. Workers there are picketing in support of striking Teamsters at Republic Services’ hauling yards in Tennessee.

Areas Affected

Teamsters Local 350’s work stoppage at the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park in Milpitas, which has been touted as the world’s biggest recycling center, has disrupted garbage and recycling pickup in Milpitas, Santa Clara and San Jose. See this statementonline to determine if your area is affected.

Republic/Allied Waste operates residential and commercial garbage services across the country (Ruin Raider/Flickr)
Republic/Allied Waste operates residential and commercial garbage services across the country (Ruin Raider/Flickr)

Teamsters Local 315 also has stopped work, according to the national Teamsters Union press release, but a supervisor at West County Resource Recovery Recycling Center said service has not been disrupted — yet.

“Today, for the most part, everything went quite well,” said supervisor Shawn Moberg. “Tomorrow could be a different story. There could be some delay in service.”

He said even if there is a weekday work stoppage, service would occur Saturday.

Teamsters Local 70 workers at Republic Services’ Fremont hauling yard also have stopped work, resulting in delays to garbage pickup in Fremont and Union City. A statement on a Republic Services website said pickups will occur “no later than your next service day.”

Picket Lines Extended to California

Memphis-area Teamsters employed by Republic Services/Allied Waste went on strike April 16 to protest unfair labor practices, according to a press release.

The company unilaterally imposed pay cuts totaling as much as $200 a week on commercial and recycling drivers, according to the press release.

This week the Teamsters extended picket lines to Republic Services’ facilities in several cities in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Washington and California.

Strike Delays Garbage Pickup in Parts of Alameda, Santa Clara Counties 19 April,2013Rachael Bale


Rachael Bale

Rachael Bale is researcher and reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting and occasional contributor to KQED News and The California Report. A California native, she has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Reed College and a master’s degree in journalism from American University.

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