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King County, cities urge quick, equitable resolution in strike by Local 117 against Waste Management

King County and several cities urged a quick settlement to a strike against Waste Management by drivers represented by Teamsters Local 117 that collect recyclables and food and yard waste.

“While King County is not a party to the negotiations, I strongly encourage both sides to get back to the bargaining table and reach a fair and equitable agreement soon so that service disruptions can be avoided,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine said.

To accommodate the possibility of pickets, Executive Constantine said King County has established designated areas at solid waste transfer stations along with “neutral gates” so that employees can enter and exit and continue their work.

“We are taking steps to minimize impacts for residents and making changes at our waste transfer facilities so our workers will not have to cross a picket line to do their jobs,” said the Executive.

Public Health – Seattle & King County has conditionally approved extended hours for garbage disposal at the County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, if needed.

King County and the cities do not collect garbage, nor are the striking drivers public employees.

Waste Management provides collection services for residents and businesses in all or part of Carnation and Snoqualmie, and numerous other county cities.

Trash collection in Snoqualmie may not be affected, according to the city. Waste Management has put a contingency plan in place and all recycle, yard waste, and garbage collection is supposed to continue.

Waste Management also provides collection services for unincorporated area residents and businesses in northeastern and southern King County.

Residents can call their hauler for updated information about potential service delays. Residents who are uncertain as to which hauler provides collection service can visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/index.asp.

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