Collection drivers continue focus on service and safety despite union’s reckless tactics
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Sept. 12, 2019) – Republic Services of Marshfield announced today that despite the Teamsters’ unlawful harassing, threatening and intimidating conduct and unsafe actions on community roads, regular collection services continue with the help of local law enforcement in Marshfield, Rockland and Abington. The Company and Teamsters Local 25 have been engaged in collective bargaining. Republic respects its employees’ right to union representation, but it will not give in to the Teamsters’ unlawful bullying tactics.
When Republic did not agree to the Teamsters’ unrealistic bargaining demands, the union called a strike. The strike quickly devolved into union-orchestrated violence, stalking, threats and racial slurs, as well as interference with trash collection by moving customer waste receptacles and blocking trucks. Union members also began engaging in dangerous practices on community roadways, including swerving and abruptly stopping in front of waste and recycling collection vehicles. Despite the dangerous, threatening and sometimes racially charged conduct by the Teamsters, Republic employees have continued to focus on safety while refusing to turn their backs on customers or give in to the Teamsters’ unlawful tactics.
“We are grateful to our employees from around the country who have come to Marshfield to help us fulfill our commitment to the communities we serve,” said Gail Vanasse, general manager of Republic Services of Marshfield. “We take pride in providing our employees with outstanding compensation and benefits, and we will continue to negotiate in good faith to achieve a fair and competitive labor contract.”
Republic’s Marshfield drivers already receive a highly competitive wage and benefit package, averaging approximately $80,000 in wages last year. This does not include the significant value of a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, AD&D and disability insurance, a company-matched 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off. In an age when many employers do not provide many of these benefits, Republic Services of Marshfield is proud of the economic opportunity and security it provides to its employees’ families.
In contrast, a recent flier distributed by the Teamsters suggests that the Towns of Marshfield, Rockland and Abington should not continue to do business with Republic Services. What the Teamsters don’t say is that if the Towns end their contracts with Republic, it would be the employees the union represents who would bear the brunt of that decision. If there is no work, there are no jobs. Contrary to the Teamsters’ claims, Republic Services is proud to be a preferred employer where the best people come to work. It was recently named as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® for the third year in a row and is a certified Great Place to Work®.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection operations, transfer stations, recycling processing centers, landfills, and energy and environmental services provide effective solutions to make responsible recycling and waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers. More than 36,000 employees are committed to providing a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue Planet® for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit RepublicServices.com, or follow us at Facebook.com/RepublicServices, @RepublicService on Twitter and @republic_services on Instagram.