A Solano Garbage Co., photographed in 2012. Teamsters Local 377 is striking against Republic Services in Ohio, owner of the local Solano Garbage Co., which collects garbage in Fairfield and Suisun City. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file 2012)


Ohio garbage strikes affects Fairfield

By From page A1 | April 05, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Labor dissatisfaction with Republic Services/Allied Waste on the other side of the nation affected garbage collection Thursday in Fairfield and could do the same Friday.

Teamsters Local 377 is striking against Republic Services in Ohio to protest what it says is the company’s violation of federal labor law. Republic Services owns the local Solano Garbage Co., which collects garbage in Fairfield and Suisun City.

Darrell Zeh of Teamsters Local 377 came to Fairfield from Ohio and set up a picket line in front of Solano Garbage Co.’s offices. “I am a man on strike” read his sign. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters sent him here, he said.

Local workers supported his picket and didn’t cross the line, he said at 11 a.m. He was still on the line at that time, along with two other men.

Linda Bisby lives in Rolling Hills, which was due to have its trash picked up Thursday. She got a robo-call from Solano Garbage Co. saying trash pickup would be delayed until Friday and apologizing, she said.

That’s no big deal, she said.

“The cans are all out,” she said. “We’ll just leave them out tomorrow.”

She might have to wait longer. An afternoon press release from Republic Services said garbage interruption in the Bay Area is a two-day situation. Customers not served Thursday and Friday will be served Monday, it said.

However, the press release did not mention Fairfield specifically, though it did mention Daly City and Colma. Republic Services officials didn’t return phone calls Thursday.

Zeh said he doesn’t know how many days the Solano Garbage Co. picket line will be in place.

Galen Munroe, a spokesman for Teamsters Local 377, said Thursday afternoon that he didn’t think it had yet been determined how long to continue the Fairfield picket line.

Besides Rolling Hills, Rancho Solano and other areas north of Interstate 80 and the Tabor/Alaska avenues area have trash pickup Thursday. The Friday trash collection area for Solano Garbage Co. includes the Paradise Valley and Gold Ridge areas.

Teamsters that collect garbage in five other Bay Area locations served by Republic Services are supporting the Ohio workers strike, according to the Republic Services Teamsters Facebook page. It shows photos of picket lines in Daly City, Half Moon Bay and Fremont, as well as Fairfield.

Republic Services Division Manager Evan Boyd addressed the situation in a press release.

“Due to an unresolved labor issue in another part of the country, some of our local union employees exercised their right to picket to show their support,” he said. “This is not an issue connected with our local area and we don’t anticipate that this sympathy strike will last long or have a significant impact on our ability to serve customers.”

Republic Services is working on contingency plans to restore service to customers as quickly as possible, he said.

The Ohio strike is at the Carbon Limestone Landfill outside of Youngstown, Ohio, and began March 27, according to a Teamsters press release. Sanitation workers in Evansville, Ind., and Urbana, Ill., immediately stopped work to show support, as did the Youngstown sanitation truck drivers. A photo on the Teamster Facebook page shows trash piled in front of a Youngstown home.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • RobApril 05, 2013 - 7:27 am

    Why should a work action in Ohio affect our garbage collection? Fire them all and hire new drivers, there are plenty of people looking for jobs.

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  • RodApril 05, 2013 - 11:31 am

    I agree...fire them all!

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  • CD BrooksApril 05, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Teamster loyalty, reminds me of the old days. Glad to see they are still unified.

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  • RobApril 05, 2013 - 10:34 am

    Maybe I could drop my trash at your house? Unity has its place, like in a community. Too bad a large company and union entered our local garbage business. Maybe some of the striking workers would like an extra bag of garbage for the weekend?

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  • ceeApril 05, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Rob, I totally agree with you and I also agree with the other poster who said there is too many people without jobs to be picketing right now. If this is a labor dispute over working conditions I totally agree with the strike, if this is a contract dispute over getting more money then you got no love coming from me and the 9% of unemployed Californians who would gladly take your job with no benefits AND less pay! You are employed in a very unstable time in America, be greatful!!!!

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  • CD BrooksApril 05, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Part of my pension is through the Teamsters. I spent many years in Teamsters Local 315 and my father before me. That was a special place and those were special times, I will always be a proud member!

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  • Mr. SmithApril 05, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    So you're an ex-union thug, eh CD? Are you proud that today's unions have crippled entire industries (e.g., auto and airlines)? Are you proud of the union role in weakening public education by making it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers or reward outstanding ones? Are you exhilerated by the sorry spectacle of the unions and Democrats sharing a (figurative) bed, while forcing members to support political actions and candidates they may not agree with? How about the fact that government unions are literally bankrupting cities and states these days? That's a legacy to be proud of, right? The big picture, CD. Look at the big picture.

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  • Danny BuntinApril 05, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    @Mr Smith: You get this uptight over having to hold on to your garbage for a few more days? Then call CD a thug because he backs a union that did right by him. When money is involved, it can get pretty rough. But when you mess with a mans paycheck, "Katie better bar the door". Let me squeeze some money out of your compensation, and tell me how it feels. You people with your "race to the bottom" form of economics.

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  • Mr. SmithApril 05, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    Danny: Nice deflection, but it won't fly. My beef is not with the local garbage pick-up glitch (though it brings home my point). What about the examples I laid out? What about the big (unionista) picture, Danny? CD? Anybody?

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  • Danny BuntinApril 05, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    The big picture is that the middle class has been squeezed for over three decades, when it comes to take home pay. That also is the same time frame for systematic union busting. Can you connect the dots Mr Smith? Instead of writing "Big picture", why don't you explain in detail and stop using broad words to opine. I am all for listening to someone, but please stop using meaningless fluff words to explain something.

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  • Mr. SmithApril 05, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Danny: I give up! How can I get more specific than the examples I have already used? The "big picture" reference is aimed at those of you who might have benefitted individually from questionable union activity while ignoring the detrimental effects of that activity over time on the nation as a whole.

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  • CD BrooksApril 06, 2013 - 6:51 am

    Mr. Smith, wow so I'm an "ex union thug" and I am responsible for the economic problems affecting America? I went to work, did my job and was promised a retirement package. I have a family I needed to support and bills to pay. Like any other good husband and father, I didn't stop to check out the politics, I just did what was necessary to get by. I was a Teamster they supported me and kept their promise. Not sure how many organizations can say that today? Sir, your obvious angst is not my problem. NO worries here, none.

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  • Venkitu NarayananApril 05, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    It's a shame that the Garbage cans are left outside uncollected the last few days. I saw a few cans open and litter flying on the streets ! What's the answer from the City on this ? Anyone working on this? Hello ! Shameful state of affairs..I hope it gets resolved by this weekend.

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  • TamaraApril 05, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    When I called Solano Garbage this afternoon the customer service person said if your garbage day was Thursday, then they will be picking up that garbage on Saturday. I said when I called late Thursday, the recording said they would pick it up Friday. Are you sure they are coming on Saturday? She said they are, but then this article says a late afternoon press-release said it will be Monday. We will just start stacking lawn-leaf bags of garbage beside the bins if this goes on any longer. She said to make sure the bins are out on Saturday. Huh? They've been out there since Weds night.

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  • RogerApril 17, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    You can thank the unions for your 40hr week and weekends.Glad to see some people aren't company suck balls.

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