Trash haulers for commercial customers hit the picket lines

first_imgLos Angeles is the most competitive trash market in the country, and Waste Management is worried businesses will use other trash haulers, Cole said. The company is bringing in workers from California and other parts of the country to replace the strikers. “It’s not acceptable to us that our customers should have to suffer service interruptions because of a strike,” Cole said. On a dust-caked industrial road in Sun Valley, more than 100 workers carried picket signs outside Waste Management’s Bradley Landfill. Picketers chanted and briefly blocked trucks pulling out of the facility before letting the trucks drive by. “We feel that we have proven our point, let’s put it that way, because I know pretty much that they’re hurting, and I hope we come to an agreement soon,” said striking trucker Adam Sanchez, 52, of North Hollywood. Waste Management serves about 12,000 customers in the city of Los Angeles, said Enrique C. Zaldivar, interim director of sanitation for the city. Most of those are businesses – everything from shopping centers to factories – but a few customers are large apartment complexes, he said. Waste Management competes with 140 private trash-hauling companies serving L.A. businesses, Zaldivar said. The city’s own sanitation workers pick up residential trash. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The company made three offers since negotiations for a new contract began in July, Phillips said. The union decided not to recommend ratification of the first two offers, but after the latest offer, union officials told workers they should ratify it, he said. Despite that, the workers voted Wednesday to reject what Waste Management called its final offer. The truckers make up to $17.80 an hour, which is less than trash haulers make in other major metropolitan areas, Phillips said. “We’re not going after a company that doesn’t have the resources to compensate our workers,” Phillips said. “They’re a very profitable, publicly traded company.” SUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. workers went on strike Friday, affecting hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses in Los Angeles County, but mostly just commercial customers in the San Fernando Valley. The strike began about 3 a.m. when union representatives for the sanitation workers turned down the latest contract offer made by Waste Management. “Frankly, I think it’s shocking and it’s disappointing that the workers chose to strike when their leadership was recommending ratifying this deal with Waste Management,” said Kit Cole, a company spokeswoman. About 450 Waste Management workers went on strike Friday at locations in Sun Valley, Long Beach and Compton, said Jay Phillips, president of Teamsters Local 396, the union representing the workers. last_img read more

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SICKENING – DOG FOUND WITH BULL WIRE EMBEDDED IN ITS NECK

first_imgThe dog is tended to by vets after bull wire was found embedded in its neck.An investigation has been launched after a collie dog was found with bull wire embedded in its neck.Animal welfare officers believe the wire may have been used to keep the dog tied to a fence.The dog was found by a member of the public close to a beach in the vicinity of Erraroey, Falcarragh. The local dog warden initially responded to the call and ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley was called in to investigate.The length of heavy duty fencing wire which was wrapped around the dog’s neck is believed to have been used to tether the animal.The wire which was embedded in the dog’s neck.The wire had cut into the dog’s flesh leaving a deep open wound when found on Thursday last.The female collie, who is aged approximately 2 to 3 years, is currently being treated in a local veterinary surgery. When fit, she will be taken to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre to complete her rehabilitation. “This is a very serious injury” commented Inspector McGinley, “but we are confident that she will make a full recovery.“We would appeal for anybody who may have information as to the origin of this dog to contact the ISPCA on 1890 515 515”. SICKENING – DOG FOUND WITH BULL WIRE EMBEDDED IN ITS NECK was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COLLIEDOGFalcarraghISPCAKevin McGinleylast_img read more

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Welfare, Medicare reductions approved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – California’s needy families will lose more than $550 million a year under a deficit-reduction bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate, marking the first cuts to welfare, Medicare and other entitlement programs in nearly a decade.Vice President Dick Cheney cut short his Iraq trip to cast the tie-breaking vote on the controversial $39.7 billion package, opposed by California’s Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.State finance officials said the cuts will hurt many families and children already struggling in high-cost California, but noted a month-long lobbying blitz helped avert more than $1.7 billion in other reductions, including much-feared cuts to child support enforcement.“We dodged a very big bullet,” said David Wetmore, director of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Washington office.“It’s hard to go through one of these exercises and not know there’s going to be some hits coming. We worked very hard to mitigate them or outright defeat them,” added H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the California Department of Finance.Because of some technical changes in the measure, the bill must return to the House for another vote but it still is widely expected to be approved.The five-year budget bill cuts $4.8 billion from the nation’s Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled; $6.4 billion from the Medicare health program for the elderly; and about $13 billion from student loans.It also denies foster-care payments to low-income grandparents caring for abused and neglected youngsters, a provision that may affect more than 4,400 California foster children.In pleading with fellow lawmakers to pass the bill, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, called it “the one vote you’ll have this year to reduce the rate of growth in the federal government.”Joan Lee, legislative liaison for the California Gray Panthers advocacy group in Sacramento, said the bill increases prescription drug co-payments beyond the means of many low-income senior citizens.“Frankly, I think there’s another way to balance our budget than to do it on the backs of people like that who can’t even afford a few dollars a month,” Lee said.Feinstein said she was particularly concerned about the bill’s failure to protect Medicaid adult day health-care services and a requirement that states increase the number of welfare recipients in federal work activities by two-thirds in 2007 unless they see a substantial drop in caseloads.Feinstein said conference negotiators stripped out a provision she had inserted to block the administration from forcing California into a program she said would disqualify 40 percent of participants – about 47,000 seniors and disabled people from community-based health care services.A spokesman estimated California will lose $200 million annually under the change.“This bill is just another step to further the Republican agenda of severely cutting benefits to working-class families while handing out tax cuts to the wealthy,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.Still, Wetmore and Palmer said California sidestepped three potentially devastating budget blows.Medicaid cuts will now cost the state $175 million over five years – significantly less than the $700 million that had been proposed in a House version of the measure.In addition, House and Senate negotiators decided to ditch a provision that would have opened California’s preferred mental health drug list to all newcomers and could have cost the state about $250 million a year.Officials said the final version also eliminates a major cut to federal child support enforcement that would have cost California $1 billion over five years.“That was essentially a billion-dollar gun that was pointed at our heads, and that’s now gone,” Palmer said.Stan Trom, director of the Ventura County Department of Child Support Services, noted that the measure still restricts funding, but far less than feared.“It’s very encouraging that members of Congress listened to the people involved in child support,” Trom said.The Associated Press contributed to this report. [email protected](202) 662-8731last_img read more

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