In the East Bay, Discrimination Stinks...Literally
It went down like this... On July 2nd, 3 days after their contract expired with the local Teamsters, Waste Management locked out their workers in anticipation of a strike. Since then talks have broken down, as have collection schedules--though apparently in some neighborhoods' the schedules are more broke than in others. Some East Bay residents claim they haven't seen a truck since the strike began. In fact, With no talks scheduled and the garbage piling, the City of Oakland has had to resort to suing Waste Management to get them and the Teamsters to agree to a 'cooling-off period.
But regardless of whether or not the garbage gets picked up in a timely fashion, residents of East Oakland aren't paying any less for their service than their well-heeled neighbors, so where does Waste Management come off ignoring the poor?
Anyway, I guess I actually *do* live in a nice neighborhood.
I saw that same article in the paper today. It pisses me off that poor people (a group with which I strongly identify, btw) in this country continue to get the shaft.
Peacechick... Barbara probably has garbage in her Kennebuncport neighborhood, but it's known as George Sr.
PTCruiser... You may be right, but at least Oakland sued Waste Management and not the Teamsters.
I lived down the coast from you 2 years ago...and WM was down there too- and I lived in an area that didn't get picked up- yet Pebble Beach and Carmel- yup no prob....How do they get away with this , I have no idea but it happened down there- in 2004( I think...) but it is wrong...I could mail you NosePins if you want....Hang in there....
Lew... I'm hoping that Oakland's suit will get them to the table to hammer this out. Seems like it should be a major violation of WM's contract.