July 26, 2014

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Local trash haulers off job in support of Youngstown strikers

CARLISLE TWP. — A labor dispute between Republic Waste and the Youngstown union representing landfill workers at the Carbon-Limestone landfill has spread to Lorain County.

Members of Republic Waste picket outside their facility on Butternut Ridge in Carlisle Township. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

Martin Jay, business representative and trustee for Teamsters Local 20, which represents Republic workers in Lorain County, said the union here is striking in solidarity with Teamsters Local 377. He said about 197 waste haulers are on strike, but that the workers at the Lorain County landfill in New Russia Township are still on the job.

Larry Ward, a worker with Local 377, said the Youngstown workers went out on strike Wednesday because of unfair labor practices.

Republic Area Marketing Manager Dave Kidder said the strike will prevent scheduled trash pickup throughout Lorain County today, including in Avon Lake, North Ridgeville, Amherst, Vermilion, Lorain, LaGrange, Avon and several townships.

Jay said he couldn’t say how long the  strike will last “as long as Local 377 needs our support.”

Eric Van Houten, general manager of Republic’s Lorain County operations, said the company is treating today’s strike as a holiday with trash pickup pushed back one day. He said if the strike extends longer the company will address what to do then.

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.