June 25, 2016


Trash pickup for Republic Waste customers delayed due to strike

Residents in Brunswick and throughout Medina County will see trash pickup delayed for one day this week because of a labor dispute.

A dispute between Republic Waste and the Youngstown union representing landfill workers at the Carbon-Limestone landfill has spread to Medina County.

Martin Jay, business representative and trustee for Teamsters Local 20, which represents Republic workers in Lorain and Medina counties, said the union is striking in solidarity with Teamsters Local 377, the Youngstown union. He said about 197 waste haulers are on strike.

Eric Van Houten, general manager of Republic Services of Elyria, said the company is treating today’s strike as a holiday with trash pickup pushed back one day throughout this week.

Republic serves most of Medina County, except for the cities of Medina, Wadsworth and the village of Lodi, Van Houten said.

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