Striking trash haulers back at work -- Gazette.Net


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Workers who had been on strike from Potomac Disposal are back on the job Thursday morning.

About 50 employees for the Gaithersburg company went on strike Monday morning, claiming the company tried to intimidate them during labor negotiations last week with threats of immigration checks. The workers had been negotiating with the trash-hauling company’s managers Thursday, seeking higher wages, health care benefits, and sick days.

“The striking Potomac Disposal workers will return to work Thursday. The union representing the workers will continue negotiating on their behalf to seek a satisfactory resolution of the ongoing contract negotiations,” said Nicole A. Duarte, communications director for LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition, which is representing the workers, in an email to The Gazette Wednesday afternoon.

Lee Levine, president of the company, was not available to comment on the talks Thursday morning, but a company representative confirmed workers had return to their jobs.

The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services advised residents scheduled for Thursday collections in the areas affected by the strike at Potomac Disposal, Inc. to put their trash and recyclables out by 7 a.m.

Potomac Disposal has a $5 million contract with Montgomery County. It serves about 40,000 homes in the county, according to county officials.