City reaches settlement with Waste Management, customers to receive money
Remember the Waste Management strike back in August, Ballard?
Mayor Mike McGinn just yesterday announced that the city has reached a settlement with Waste Management totaling $1.24 million over missed garbage, recycling and yard waste collections due to last month's eight-day strike by Teamsters Union drivers, according to a press release.
Households and businesses will be receiving a modest share of that settlement. Residential accounts will receive a $10 credit on their solid waste bill for the November-December billing period; condos, businesses and apartments will receive a $50 credit per current dumpster account.
All of Waste Management's clients were affected during the strike, delaying pickup for 90,000 households, 2,200 apartments and 4,500 businesses. The company serves the Northwest and South regions of Seattle.
"This was the longest garbage strike in the city's history, and thousands of residents and businesses were inconvenienced," McGinn said in the press release. "The good news is that our contract with Waste Management provided for substantial performance penalties for a strike lasting more than seven days -- and we were able to use that provision to help bring an end to the strike."
The strike ended on August 2, after eight days, just one day after the mayor announced the city would begin assessing fines against the company for not collecting.