San Carlos and much of San Mateo has been hit with the results of a strike led by workers for Allied Waste. The strike is expected to last for a few days. In the mean time, get used to seeing trash cans blanketing the city streets. Local Teamsters 350 Union appears to be leading the strike after being upset about stalled contract negotiations.
Over 500 Teamsters that work at Allied Waste are honoring the picket line. There are 12 clerical members on strike, and hundreds more workers who honored the picket line of their fellow workers and stayed away from work.
The clerical workers, who are mostly female, apparently do not have the same health, welfare and pension benefits or wages as the male workers at the company. Allied Waste has reportedly refused to make an offer to the clerical workers with comparable benefits and wages to the male workers. Local 350 has filed unfair labor practice charges against the company on behalf of the clerical workers.
This issue I take with this strike is that they clearly waited until the hottest days of the year and moved forward with the strike. The timing of this strike clearly makes the action punitive in nature and leaves the residents in a real bind.
Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.