Garbage piling up thanks to solidarity strike

Published 04/01 2013 10:38PM

Updated 04/02 2013 09:31AM

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- A garbage problem has been piling up after about 20 garbage haulers skipped out on work for three days last week. They work for Allied Waste. They were on strike in support of colleagues in Ohio.

Several businesses and apartments in the 700-block of South Gregory Street in Urbana are still dealing with it. Dumpsters there have been overflowing all weekend.

Allied Waste leaders said temporary haulers were called in Monday morning to clean up the mess. But some of their clients say they couldn't even tell. Some dumpsters were still piled high.

The owner J Gumbo's restaurant on South Gregory Street said he felt bad stacking his garbage up for three straight days, but had no choice.

"It was disappointing to have to seemingly contribute to a problem. But as I said, we have very strident regulations we have to adhere to so I got to get it out of here. There's no place else to put it," said owner Mike Norton.

Norton wasn't the only restaurant owner dealing with garbage issues. Four restaurants share the same dumpster on the corner of Sixth and Green streets in Champaign. The property owner said haulers did show up Monday, but not everything was taken.

Regulars who went on strike late last week tried to work, but were turned away according to leaders of their union, Teamsters Local 26.

A response by Allied Waste manager Marty Grant stated:

    Unfortunately they did not inform the company of their interest
    to return until after our temporary workers had already been
    dispatched. We look forward to seeing them report to work
    tomorrow morning and serving our residential and commercial

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