November 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Toronto, CA – Garbage collectors in Toronto’s western suburbs went on strike just after midnight Nov. 17, cutting off service to about 150,000 households.
Workers at Emterra Environmental, one of the two private companies that handles pickups for single-family homes in the cities of Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon, walked out after Laborers International Union of North America Local 183 members rejected a company contract offer and talks broke down. “We just want fair treatment. We want fair wages, benefits, job security,” said Kyle Marchand, one of several workers on a wee-hours picket line in Mississauga. “This is the last thing we want to do; we’re doing what we have to do.” LIUNA spokesperson Jason Ottey said the union wants the same deal that workers at the region’s other private waste collector have, but that “it is clear that Emterra has no intention of negotiating with us and did not even reply to our request to return to the bargaining table after our members rejected the settlement offer.” Emterra replied that it wouldn’t negotiate through the media. Read more