Bend trash haulers at Republic Services look to join the Teamsters


Two groups of Central Oregon solid waste workers want to unionize with Teamsters Local 162. On Dec. 5, Local 162 asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union election to represent about 40 trash truck drivers, mechanics, shop technicians, and laborers at Republic Services’ Bend location. Then on Dec. 18, the union asked for a second election for 34 workers in the same jobs at Republic Services’ Redmond location.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Republic Services operates 206 active landfills and employs about 40,000 full-time workers. Teamsters locals represent about 7,000 of those workers.

The Bend workers are set to vote in-person on Jan. 11. An election date for the Redmond workers has not been set yet. Republic Services has hired the notorious anti-union law firm Littler Mendelson.


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