Striking Waste Management workers accept trash pact

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. has reached a deal with the union representing its 470 drivers, the company announced Wednesday. The five-year contract has been ratified by the workers, said Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for Waste Management. It’s the same deal the workers rejected before going on strike Oct. 19, she said. “I think from the outset we felt that this was a very, very strong offer, and that it was so strong we were willing to stand by it despite the strike,” Cole said. There was a risk that the company could have withdrawn its last offer and expected the workers to settle for something less, said Jay Phillips, president of the local. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa persuaded the company to keep the offer on the table, Phillips said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Meanwhile, the company has hired 40 permanent workers, and it plans to keep those workers, which would leave 40 strikers without jobs. The union plans to fight that move, Phillips said. During the strike, workers picketed at company facilities in Sun Valley, Compton and Long Beach. The company brought in its own temporary drivers from other parts of the country. The new contract covers drivers, mechanics and the workers who repair metal trash bins. The new deal gives workers a 22.5 percent wage increase over five years, according to the company. The union reported that under the old contract, its workers made up to $17.80 an hour. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com, 818-546-3304last_img read more