Republic Services Waste Workers in Atlanta Vote to Authorize Strike

Teamsters Local 728 members demand fair treatment and are prepared to hit the streets if necessary


Yesterday, 180 waste workers in Atlanta, employed by Republic Services (RSG), voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike. The drivers, helpers, and mechanics who are members of Teamsters Local 728 expressed their dissatisfaction with the mistreatment and lack of appreciation from the company. With the current contract set to expire on July 31, the workers are prepared to take to the streets if necessary.

Workers Demand Fair Treatment

Jeff Rolland, a dedicated driver with 37 years of service at Republic Services, voiced his concerns, stating, "This company needs to stop mistreating workers and taking us for granted. We worked tirelessly throughout the entire pandemic, providing an essential service. We deserve better treatment from this company, and we are prepared to strike to make our voices heard."

A History of Struggles

If the workers follow through with the strike, it will not be the first time Republic Services employees have resorted to such action in Georgia. In both 2013 and 2018, workers at the company's hauling yards in McDonough and Cumming went on strike, protesting against the company's violations of federal labor laws.

Disrupting Trash Collection Nationwide

Republic Services has gained notoriety over the past few years for provoking high-profile strikes across the United States. These strikes have disrupted trash collection services for hundreds of thousands of people, leaving communities at risk. The company's actions have highlighted its lack of regard for the well-being of its workforce and the communities it serves.

Sending a Clear Message

Chuck Stiles, the Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division, emphasized the significance of the strike authorization vote. He stated, "This strike authorization vote sends a clear message to Republic Services that our members are fully committed to this fight and ready to strike if the company doesn't rectify its actions. The situation reflects nothing but corporate greed from the worst corporate actor in the industry."

Local 728 Fighting for the Atlanta Community

With a proud history of more than 70 years of service to the Atlanta community, Local 728 of the Teamsters union continues to advocate for hardworking families. To learn more about their efforts and stay updated on the strike situation, visit

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