MA: Teamsters Local 25 and Republic Services Release Statements to the Press

Press Release from Republic Services on 9/13/19:

Republic Services Denounces Teamsters’ Dangerous Actions on the Road

MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Sept. 12, 2019) – Republic Services of Marshfield announced today that despite the Teamsters’ unlawful harassing, threatening and intimidating conduct and unsafe actions on community roads, regular collection services continue with the help of local law enforcement in Marshfield, Rockland and Abington. The Company and Teamsters Local 25 have been engaged in collective bargaining. Republic respects its employees’ right to union representation, but it will not give in to the Teamsters’ unlawful bullying tactics.

When Republic did not agree to the Teamsters’ unrealistic bargaining demands, the union called a strike. The strike quickly devolved into union-orchestrated violence, stalking, threats and racial slurs, as well as interference with trash collection by moving customer waste receptacles and blocking trucks. Union members also began engaging in dangerous practices on community roadways, including swerving and abruptly stopping in front of waste and recycling collection vehicles. Despite the dangerous, threatening and sometimes racially charged conduct by the Teamsters, Republic employees have continued to focus on safety while refusing to turn their backs on customers or give in to the Teamsters’ unlawful tactics. 

“We are grateful to our employees from around the country who have come to Marshfield to help us fulfill our commitment to the communities we serve,” said Gail Vanasse, general manager of Republic Services of Marshfield. “We take pride in providing our employees with outstanding compensation and benefits, and we will continue to negotiate in good faith to achieve a fair and competitive labor contract.” 

Republic’s Marshfield drivers already receive a highly competitive wage and benefit package, averaging approximately $80,000 in compensation last year. This does not include the significant value of a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, AD&D and disability insurance, a company-matched 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off. In an age when many employers do not provide many of these benefits, Republic Services of Marshfield is proud of the economic opportunity and security it provides to its employees’ families.

In contrast, a recent flier distributed by the Teamsters suggests that the Towns of Marshfield, Rockland and Abington should not continue to do business with Republic Services. What the Teamsters don’t say is that if the Towns end their contracts with Republic, it would be the employees the union represents who would bear the brunt of that decision. If there is no work, there are no jobs. Contrary to the Teamsters’ claims, Republic Services is proud to be a preferred employer where the best people come to work. It was recently named as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® for the third year in a row and is a certified Great Place to Work®.

About Republic Services

Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection operations, transfer stations, recycling processing centers, landfills, and energy and environmental services provide effective solutions to make responsible recycling and waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. More than 36,000 employees are committed to providing a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet® for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit RepublicServices.com, or follow us at Facebook.com/RepublicServices, @RepublicService on Twitter and @republic_services on Instagram.

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Press Release from Teamsters Local 25 on 9/13/19:

 
Teamsters Local 396 and Orange County Labor Federation honoring picket lines on day 16 of strike.
 
BOSTON, MA (September 13, 2019) – Striking Marshfield Republic Services Teamsters extended their picket lines to Anaheim, California.  Members began picketing early this morning outside Republic Services at 1131 N. Blue Gum St. in Anaheim.  The latest show of support comes on the 16th day of the strike by Teamsters Local 25 members in Marshfield, Massachusetts.  Republic Services has refused to negotiate at all since talks broke down last week after a two-hour session punctuated by the company stonewalling and refusing to negotiate in good faith.
 
“Thanks to Local 396 and the Orange County Labor Federation for their support in this fight.  Republic Services is hurting our members and their families in Massachusetts and across the country.  These workers deserve respect, a fair wage and the ability to support their families.  Republic Services maximizes profits on their hard work but does not respect them as people.  But each day, more and more Teamster Locals are joining the fight by honoring our picket lines and we cannot thank them enough.  Solidarity is the key to winning fights against greedy national corporations and Republic Services is learning that when you fight the Teamsters in one location, you fight them everywhere,” said Sean O’Brien, Teamsters Local 25 President.  
 
Teamsters Local 25 members struck Republic Services in Marshfield, Massachusetts at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29.   The strikers have received significant support from the community and fellow union members.  Yesterday, Teamsters Locals 396 and 542 began honoring picket lines in San Diego and Chula Vista.  Picket lines have extended to San Diego, Chula Vista, Huntington Beach and San Jose and also to Fall River, Mass.  In addition, members of Teamsters Local 728 who work at Republic Services in Cumming, Georgia went on strike, and extended those picket lines to Republic facilities in McDonough, Ga. and Evansville, Ind.   
 
Teamsters Local 25 urges other union members and supporters to show solidarity by joining their union brothers and sisters on the picket line.  Teamsters Local 25 is New England’s largest Teamsters union representing more than 12,500 members.

 

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