Republic Sanitation Workers On Strike Again

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(Memphis) Trash collectors for Republic Services are once again striking.

This is the second strike in four months.

Republic contracts with the city of Memphis for trash collection in some areas as well as Lakeland, Collierville and Germantown.

“We appreciate the patience of our customers at this time and assure them that we will meet their waste and recycling needs. This morning, we are focusing on our most critical customers including hospitals and schools,” said Roger Lawrence who is the Memphis General Manager.

The average trash truck driver for Republic earns $58,000 a year. That’s nearly $20,000 more than city trash collectors.

During their last strike, the Teamsters wanted more money and wanted to retain their pension system rather than going to a 401k type system.

In a statement, Lawrence said, “Because we value the work of our employees, we also want them to have a retirement that they can count on. Currently, the Memphis employees belong to the Central States Pension Fund, whose own Executive Director, Thomas Nyhan, told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that ‘There is a reasonable possibility that this plan could run out of money in about a dozen years.’

We believe our employees deserve better and will do everything legally possible to help them leave Central States.”