PHOENIX, March 10, 2023 ~ Workers at Republic Services in Phoenix have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 104. The 60 workers, which include full-time and part-time drivers, operators, compactors, and scale clerks at the Cave Creek Transfer Station in North Phoenix, are seeking higher pay, affordable health care, better working conditions, and respect.

This is the second group of Arizona workers at the company to join the Teamsters in the past year. In October, 116 drivers and support staff at another Republic Services facility in Phoenix voted to become Teamsters. Local 104 has also filed for a union election for a third group of workers employed by the company in Mesa.

Dan Meyer, a Republic Services driver who served on the worker-led organizing committee said: "Workers sent a strong message to Republic Services this morning. Today's vote reflects our commitment to improving our workplace. We are proud to be Teamsters and thankful to finally have a voice on the job."

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Despite an aggressive union-busting effort by the company, Meyer said he and his co-workers were determined to gain Teamster representation. Josh Graves, Local 104 Vice President added: "We are going into negotiations to get the best contract for our new members. If Republic's CEO can make over $15 million in compensation last year, then this company can afford to treat its workers better."

Headquartered in Phoenix, Republic Services [NYSE: RSG] is the second-largest trash collection and landfill company in America. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 7,000 workers at Republic Services across America. Chuck Stiles, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division said: "We are thrilled to have back-to-back organizing wins in Republic's backyard. Workers in Arizona were tired of the disrespect. It's the same story all across the country. Republic workers are fed up and know that the only way to make things better is by becoming Teamsters."

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was founded in 1903 and represents 1.2 million hardworking people across America as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

The successful vote by these 60 workers marks another victory for organized labor as they seek better wages and working conditions from their employer - Republic Services - who made over $15 million last year alone from their CEO's compensation package alone.
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