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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