CAW and Waste Services (CA) Inc. to Resume Alberta Bargaining

October 30, 2009, 9:45 AM EST

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After a high level meeting between company management and union leadership on Thursday October 29, the parties have agreed to resume bargaining and work towards finalizing a new collective agreement.

"After having a face to face meeting, the union has agreed to resume bargaining and we hope to have a deal in place to vote on November 5 instead of taking a strike vote," said CAW National Representative Todd Romanow. 

"Both parties are in full agreement that needlessly worrying the public is not our intention but rather to come to a fair agreement for the employees and the company," said Romanow.

Waste Services provides commercial garbage services in the Edmonton and surrounding communities as well as operating a transfer station and recycling centre in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Waste Services as well is the largest private provider of residential garbage pickup for the City of Edmonton and its residents.

The CAW represents approximately 162 two drivers, swampers, heavy equipment operators, shop employees and recycle workers.

The current contract expired on June 29, 2009 and the parties have already met with a mediator appointed by Alberta Mediation Services under the Alberta Labour Relations Code.

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