Republic Services has released a statement, regarding the temporary work stoppage in Evansville that’s related to a labor issue in Massachusetts.
They say that labor issue has nothing to do with any Evansville employees, but they say they respect their employees and their right to union representation.
The full statement can be found below.
“The temporary work stoppage at Republic Services of Evansville is related to a labor issue in Massachusetts that has nothing to do with any Evansville employees. We are servicing critical customers in the affected areas today and will pick up any missed collections as soon as possible. We respect our employees and their right to union representation, and we expect similar fairness in return. Unfortunately, a small faction within the Teamsters organization in Massachusetts is trying to use customer disruptions here as a tool to pressure the company 1,000 miles away in Indiana. We will take the steps necessary to minimize inconvenience to our local customers caused by the Teamsters’ pressure tactics, and we will continue to offer our employees a highly competitive wage and benefit package with excellent wages and quality medical, dental, vision, AD&D and disability insurance, a company-matched 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off.”
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Teamsters who are striking a Republic Services facility in Massachusetts brought their strike to Indiana, and members of Teamsters Local 215 are honoring that strike by refusing to cross the picket line.
Republic Services picks up trash in Evansville, Boonville, Mt. Vernon, Oakland City, Princeton, Chandler, Fort Branch, and Newburgh.
An Evansville Utility Department spokesperson says Republic is using management to pick up trash on a limited basis.
However, the spokesperson says Teamsters workers will return to work Saturday, so most people who are scheduled to have their trash picked up on Friday will have their trash picked up Saturday this week.
(This story was originally published on October 25, 2019)