Republic Services of Ohio strike delays Elyria trash collection

ELYRIA, Ohio - Trash pick-up in Elyria will be delayed at least a day, according to Republic Services of Ohio, because of an unexpected strike by employees at the local Allied Waste facility.

"We came in and found a picket line about 1:30 a.m. here at Republic services in Elyria. We're making arrangements to bring other drivers and management in from other locations," said Republic Services of Ohio's Spokesperson Eric Van Houten.

However, he said they are servicing priority customers during the walk-out.

Customers, such as hospitals and manufacturing plants that have to be serviced to keep production or facilities running did receive trash pick-up.

Van Houten said they only expect the strike to last one day because this is a sympathy strike.

"They're striking in support of their union in Youngstown," he explained. The dispute in Youngstown is over unspecified-unfair labor practices.

Martin Jay, a business representative trustee, said the length of time local workers are out will be up to the union and Republic Services of Ohio.

"It's very important that we show solidarity and, if local 377 says 'hey, we need your help to get the attention of the company,' we're absolutely going to stand behind 377," Jay explained.

Residents will have their trash picked up on a holiday schedule, so trash collection will be delayed by one day.

Close to 200 drivers are striking.

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