Trash strike continues in Montgomery and Howard

ASPEN HILL, Md. (WUSA 9) -- There are some in worry in Montgomery and Howard Counties about trash piling up on the streets.

Drivers for a trash contractor have gone on strike over wages and benefits.

The 125 striking drivers and assistants work for Unity Disposal and Recycling, which picks up trash for 40,000 customers in Montgomery County and another 20,000 in Howard County.

The drivers said the company has been asking them to take cuts and no raises.

Anthony Taylor, one of the drivers on the picket line, said Laborers Union Local 657 have already suggested a contract to Unity Disposal but the talks are at an impasse.

The issues are cutbacks in benefits and low wages.

Company spokeswoman London Bryson said the strike may be just for show and the company would prefer the union list grievances at the bargaining table.

Unity trucks were rolling on Friday with enough fill-in drivers to pick up garbage, recycling and yard waste in some areas, but they were running behind schedule.

Montgomery County is advising those affected by the strike in the Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Colesvillle/North Silver Spring area not to remove trash from the curb since collections may run into the evening hours while the strike lasts.

The county is also urging caution about putting out boxes from high end items that may have been under the Christmas tree. With garbage on the curb longer, they are an advertisement for thieves on what may be in the houses.


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