Washington trash service workers on strike address frustrations over garbage collection delay

KENT, Wash. — What’s happening in San Diego, is becoming a problem in parts of the Seattle area. Trash bins chock-full with garbage and recyclables are seen, street after street, in cities like Seattle, Renton, Kent, and Bellevue.

Workers for waste disposal company Republic Services have been on strike in San Diego for weeks. This week, Republic Services drivers serving Seattle, Bellevue, Lynwood and Kent went on a “work stoppage” to support union workers in San Diego.

“We’ve been working hard throughout the pandemic; we never stopped working,” said Rafael Mejia, who is a relief driver in San Diego and is in Seattle to join the strike extension this week.

Mejia said

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