September 1, 2014

Medina
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Some trash collection resumes today

CARLISLE TWP. — Republic Waste, which serves the city of Brunswick, planned to resume trash collection today with out-of-state workers and supervisors replacing striking employees, even as the strike was expected to drag into a third day.

Dave Kidder, area marketing manager for Republic, said that garbage pickup in Medina, Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties is about two days behind schedule this week. Although trash service will resume today, Republic won’t pick up recycling or yard waste for the rest of the week.

“We’re going to do our best to get as much of the Monday trash off the streets as we can,” Kidder said.

But he also warned that the workers from other parts of the country won’t move as fast as those who normally collect trash in this area.

“They won’t know where they’re going other than with a map,” Kidder said. “It’s going to be slow.”

Meanwhile, Martin Jay, business representative and trustee for Teamsters Local 20, which represents workers at Republic’s Lorain County facilities, said he’s been told that striking Republic workers from the Youngstown area intend to extend their picket line to Carlisle Township in Lorain County again today.

“We’ll continue to support them for as long as they need us,” Jay said.

Teamsters Local 377, which represents workers at the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville, have been on strike since last month over what the union contends are unfair labor practices.

Republic officials have said the dispute centers on contract negotiations, which have broken down over the company’s desire to leave what it’s described as the “financially troubled” Central States Pension Fund.

“It appears that the Teamsters would rather keep their members out of work, without pay, in an effort to disrupt customer service instead of giving us the straight talk about the reasons for their actions,” Bill Meyer, Republic’s area president, said in a statement.

The company also has said that it successfully has shifted workers at other facilities to a more financially stable pension fund.

In a separate news release, Republic announced that more than 150 union members have crossed the picket lines across Ohio and in Memphis, Tenn., where Local 377 has extended its picket line.

Jay said that none of his union members have crossed the picket line, although he couldn’t speak for other parts of the state.

This is the second time this month that Local 377 has extended its picket line to Republic’s Butternut Ridge Road facility, although striking workers have not appeared at the company’s landfill in New Russia Township in Lorain County .

The first strike, which was April 1, pushed trash collection back by a day.

Contact reporter Brad Dicken at (440) 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.