Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) has notified the City of Kirkland that the Teamsters’ Local 117, whose membership includes recycling and yard waste truck drivers for WMI, initiated a strike on Wednesday. It is unclear at this time whether Teamsters’ Local 174, whose membership includes garbage truck drivers, will strike in kind to honor the Local 117 work stoppage. The expected duration of the strike is unknown at this time.
In the event the drivers do not return to work on Thursday, July 26, Waste Management will begin implementing its strike contingency plan. Initially, service will focus upon critical customers associated with public health such as hospitals, nursing homes, and day care centers. Customers that did not receive service on Wednesday, July 25 are encouraged to remove their garbage, recycling, and yard waste carts from the street. A double load of garbage and recyclables will be collected at no additional cost on the next regularly scheduled service day.
The City contracts with WMI for residential, multifamily and commercial garbage, recycling and organics collection services. City solid waste customers are encouraged to stay informed on the progress of the strike and service interruptions by visiting the WMI website at www.wmnorthwest.com/servicedelays. Questions or concerns should be directed to WMI at 1-800-592-9995 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the City’s contract with WMI, contact John MacGillivray, Solid Waste Programs Lead, Kirkland Public Works at 425-587-3804.