SEATTLE, WA – (April 4, 2011) – On April 4, 2011 Rick Hicks, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174, and Chris Martin, President of CleanScapes reached a new labor agreement for CleanScapes’ collection and delivery drivers, and helpers. The members of Local 174 approved this new 5-year agreement by a well deserved 98%.
“This is an example of the difference in negotiating with locally owned and community based companies who care about their employees as opposed to negotiating with multi-national corporations who only care about profits” said Hicks.
All sides appreciate the lack of last minute drama and strike threats and recognize that solid labor relations bring stability to essential public services. “This contract provides our employees with a fair wage and it provides CleanScapes and the communities we serve with predictability for the next five years” said Chris Martin, President of CleanScapes.
Local 174 Sanitation Business Agent and Vice-President Ken Marshall went on to say “CleanScapes, a company that services a major portion of the City of Seattle, really stepped up in my opinion. As a result, they have sent a strong message to all other Cities that they are serious in being a major player in this market and beyond.”
Secretary Treasurer Hicks said “this is an historic Agreement that was negotiated in eleven days of bargaining, completed prior to expiration and without any threats of Strike or Lockout from either side. This was one of the most professional bargains we have had in a many number of years and CleanScapes should be proud of their commitment to their employees and to the community in general.”
CleanScapes has approximately 100 collection and delivery drivers, and helpers providing solid waste, recycling and yard waste collection services in the cities of Seattle and Shoreline.