Trash collection has fallen behind after employees stopped to picket locally.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Trash collection has resumed in the Glass City after a labor dispute in Youngstown put workers on the picket line locally. However, that does not mean everything is back to normal for residents.
A work stoppage was initiated on Tuesday by unionized workers. The stoppage is centered in Youngstown, where workers with Teamsters Local 377 have been without a contract since October. The union is trying to put pressure on the company by expanding the work stoppage and picket line to Toledo.
According to Republic Services general manager Dave Vossmer, the company plans to use replacement workers Wednesday. More than 30 workers crossed the picket line Wednesday, to continue services with temporary workers, who met at 6 a.m. at a facility on South Dixie Highway. Representatives from Republic Services said if Local 20 workers come to work they will handle the trash collection, instead of the replacements.
While pick-up resumed in Toledo Wednesday, services have been delayed for Monclova Township and Perrysburg Township. Officials say the schedule has been pushed back a day across northwest Ohio.
"For the rest of the week, we should see everything being on a holiday-type schedule," said Paul Rasmusson, sales manager for Republic Services. "We've had a significant amount of employees come back to work today."
Recycling services will not resume until Republic Services is back to full staff, according to officials.