Los Angeles is a trashier place after labor negotiations between sanitation truck drivers and the city continue into a third day on Friday.
Work Stoppage Participation Rises to 80%
Only 40% of the city’s 500 sanitation drivers showed up for work on Wednesday (April 1), delaying trash services. The number of absent trash drivers rose to 80% on Thursday.
Though the work stoppage is not union sanctioned, it is a response to what trash truck drivers feel is a lack of progress at the bargaining table.
Sanitation Workers Voting on Whether to Strike
SEIU Local 721, which represents the area’s 10,000 sanitation workers, including the trash truck drivers, says that they began voting on whether to strike on Tuesday night, but they have not said when voting will be completed.
Until the work stoppage is resolved, Los Angeles residents are encouraged to leave their trash bins out for the remaining sanitation workers to collect.