If Wednesday or Thursday is your normal garbage pickup day in San Carlos, don’t be surprised when you get home from work today to find the garbage that has been stewing in your garbage can during the heat wave is still there. A labor dispute between 12 clerical workers and Allied Waste management has resulted in picket lines at both the Ox Mountain facility in Half Moon Bay and the San Carlos Transfer Station. The result? Drivers aren’t crossing the picket line, and YOUR garbage is still sitting in your front yard.
Thanks, Local 350…
According to this article in the Half Moon Bay Review, the strike was organized by Robert Morales, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 350 — the union that represents local Allied Waste Employees. The strike is expected to last 48 hours, meaning you’ll be lucky if they get to it by Friday. The reason for the strike? Here’s the kicker, straight from the paper:
Morales said his union has been working with Ox Mountain to get equal pay for the dozens of women in the clerical units and to negotiate their pension contracts. But there has been a stalemate so far, says Morales, because the company is “negotiating in bad faith.”
Pension contracts for clerical workers? That’s why your garbage is rotting in your front yard in 100-degree heat. Sorry for my lack of compassion, but most people I know don’t have the luxury of ANY pension, and are simply thankful to have a job. We call that a “recession”, Bob.
So, if you’re thrilled with the stench in your front yard today (and likely tomorrow), give Robert Morales a call up at good ‘ol Local 350 – he can be reached at 650-757-7290. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.
Unions and pensions…enough, already.
UPDATE: A revised pick-up schedule was just released by the City of San Carlos: Garbage Schedule
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