Teamsters Accept Deal Ending Milwaukee Waste Management Strike – 09/30/08
Concerns over a turbulent economy left striking Waste Management workers with few options during a third contract vote on Sunday. Jesse Russell reports:
The strike against Waste Management in the Milwaukee region of Wisconsin started more than a month ago. The 240 drivers and mechanics approved the contract by a 2-1 margin and according to a statement released by the Teamsters stating that “the continued financial and personal strain took its toll on our members. With this vote, our members decided that given the turbulent nature of our economy, their families’ future must take priority over holding out for a better offer from Waste Management.” The five-year contract cuts back on wages and healthcare benefits and establishes a new 401k program for the workers.