Garbage haulers for Allied Waste tentatively agree to labor contract

Garbage haulers who work for Allied Waste have tentatively agreed to sign a new labor contract early Wednesday evening.

While those workers should pick up trash at nearly 25,000 homes and business across Snohomish County tomorrow, hundreds of other garbage haulers who serve communities in the county are still poised to strike if a labor dispute isn’t settled by midnight.

The union representing Waste Management garbage haulers, with 75,000 more customers in the county, is still negotiating.

Allied Waste serves Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Sultan, Index, Gold Bar and parts of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Monroe and Woodway.

The company released a statement confirming the contract agreement. The statement did not provide details of the new contract. The company did praise its employees for their “valued contribution” and it described the negotiations as coming to “a successful and mutually satisfactory conclusion.”

Unionized garbage collectors in Snohomish and King counties voted Sunday to authorize a strike. A federal mediator began helping with negotiations Monday.

The sticking points for Waste Management workers remain pay and benefits.

Waste Management serves customers in parts of unincorporated Snohomish County as well as Arlington, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Brier, Mukilteo and parts of south Everett.

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