Sunday, April 11, 2010

How far they have come: Teamsters turn to yard signs to show their strength

Last week, we posted on the Seattle stalemate between the Teamsters and Waste Management.

With 1,600 applications for 350 positions, the Teamsters ability to strike successfully has been effectively neutered as the once mighty union of Jimmy Hoffa quickly backed off its threatened strike.

Now, as long as they do not find themselves locked out of their jobs, instead of doling out picket signs to their members, the Teamsters are settling on issuing yard signs to their supporters, appealing to Democrat politicians, and asking Waste Management to change its final offer.

So far, Waste Management's response is simply: Sorry. Been there, done that.  Our final offer is final.

Earlier today, the Teamsters issued a press release stating that the union is "armed"...with yard signs and conspiracy theories.
Armed with yard signs that read "Waste Management Stop Trashing Our Neighborhood," community members from across King County spent the afternoon setting up Neighborhood Trash Watches to support local sanitation workers and stop trash from pilling up in front of their houses.

"We won't let Waste Management hold our community hostage," said Paul Benz, a Lutheran minister. "These workers aren't asking for anything outrageous. Its clear to us that Waste Management has an ulterior motive."

WMI may be trying to provoke a strike or lockout in a move to break an agreement between areas cities and King County. The move would allow WMI to gain a foothold in the lucrative waste disposal/landfill market that is currently run almost exclusively by the county. [Emphasis added.]

That the Teamsters would actually believe a strike or lockout would enable WMI to gain a toehold in the county's business is almost laughable.  But it may be the only thing they've got left to sell (and tell) the public in its efforts to sway opinion.


“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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