NEW YORK, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Waste Management of New York and
Teamsters Local 813 have reached agreement on terms of a new contract for
115 drivers and helpers serving commercial accounts in New York City and
Westchester County. The new contract, which will be finalized over the next
few days, calls for employees to begin contributing toward health care
benefits at the same rate as other Waste Management employees. The
settlement ends a 17-week strike by the Teamsters Local 813.
Waste Management's goal was to reach an agreement that keeps its
workers among the highest paid in the industry, with strong benefits, while
preserving its ability to provide competitively-priced commercial
collection service in New York City. The agreement with Local 813 achieves
"It's always been our goal to treat all of our employees - including
the 26 percent of our workforce that is unionized - in a fair and equitable
manner," Larry O'Donnell, President and COO, told analysts on the company's
second quarter earnings call June 28. "This includes offering competitive
wages and benefits, and safe working conditions to each and every employee
within Waste Management."
One of Waste Management's key objectives from the outset of
negotiations nearly a year ago was to work with Local 813 to control
rapidly increasing costs for medical insurance. Under the agreement between
the company and the union, employees will begin paying toward the cost of
health care at the same rate of contribution now made by the company's
non-union employees under the Waste Management health care plan. Health
care coverage will continue to be provided by the union's medical plan.
Waste Management and the union are working on plans to bring employees
back to work over the next several weeks in a safe and orderly manner.
Waste Management greatly appreciates the efforts of the Federal
mediator over several months in bringing both sides to an agreement. The
company also thanks its drivers, mechanics and route managers from across
the U.S. who helped ensure no service interruptions during the strike.
SOURCE Waste Management of New York