Garbage service again disrupted Thursday in Fremont and Union City

From the city of Fremont:

The City was notified this morning by Allied Waste that garbage and recycling service has been temporarily delayed due to an unanticipated work stoppage. Unfortunately, because of this unanticipated work stoppage, Allied Waste will not be able to service Fremont accounts today.

They are advising to leave your containers out and available for collection, and they will service them as soon as possible, but no later than your next service day. They apologize for any inconvenience.

Please visit their website for the most up-to-date service information: http://alliedwasteac.com/

From the city of Union City:

Garbage collection in Union City is being disrupted once again due to picketing at Republic/Allied Waste facilities in the Bay Area. The labor dispute does not involve the City but residents and businesses are being impacted.

Residential customers: All single family residential customers with Thursday and Friday pickups won’t be served and should not set out their blue trash carts. Next week, Thursday and Friday customers can place extra bags of trash out equivalent to their normal weekly amount of trash with their blue carts and it will be picked up. Recycling and green waste will be picked up as usual over the next couple of days. So brown and green carts can be set out. Please do not place any trash in your recycling or organics carts.

Commercial customers: Certain commercial customers will be served, and the list of such customers will be made public as soon as we receive it from Republic/Allied Waste. Commercial customers not on the list will not receive trash or recycling pickups, but will receive green/food waste pickups Commercial customers with Saturday pickups may also experience service

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Knock yourselves out, boys and girls.

    No problems …please enjoy your day(s) off.

    Provided the “Help Wanted” sign is immediately posted and all able-bodied men and women willing to do this job at the offered price are hired on the spot – including those who felt a need to walk off in the first place.

    And if the “Help Wanted” sign ISN’T posted – – give the manager responsible for THAT decision the boot as well. His or hers will be one more opportunity to get someone into the job that is not completely out of touch with the realities of the current employment and work environment.

  2. Another four day weekend. Good for them, last was a probably a full 5 days.

    This is kind of the city gov’s issue to take up now. Allied obviously either has no handle on their operation or no sense to warn the public that these things are going to be imminent. I am going to be contacting each member tonight.

  3. Man, I wish they would pick another day of the week, this is the second time our street has been left with full garbage cans. Try a Monday, or maybe try some other labor action.

  4. When is the mayor’s garbage picked up? Or the city council members’?

    They get their own personal garbage picked up on either Monday or Tuesday.


    Hardly! Considering organized labor OWNS the Fremont city council.

    The City Council doesn’t care about the residents. They only care about getting re-elected (or elected, as in the case of Vinnie Bacon).

    So of COURSE the union brothers wouldn’t hurt their fave politicians!

    It’s time to recognize who the REAL culprits are – it’s called the Mayor and his band of Merry Stooges!

  5. I’m proud to support the work stoppage. A little inconvenience is nothing compared to the plight of working people. Thank God, there are still people that will stand up against the re-introduction of slavery by a corporate elect.

  6. A little work stoppage is great and I think it’s a wonderful idea.

    But, let’s post the “Help wanted” sign at the same time.

    After all, a little inconvenience for those who choose to walk off their job is nothing compared to the plight of MILLIONS of UNEMPLOYED who would GLADLY haul your trash tomorrow.

  7. If the strike was announced in advance and on a rotating schedule so to spread the pain I could see, but this is obviously tailored so these workers can make the most of their time off the clock.

    You’d think this comes down to the different views between the worker who desperately needs a job vs the marketable one who can provide one for a price. The former, ie the Allied employee who would be delivering pizzas if it weren’t for the union makes up the majority of people on this earth. But support is decimated, membership is heading to non-existence. Much of that has to do with us coming home to find that well paid worker who you are forced to do business on leave because of some agenda you have no impact or role in.

    Regardless, no other bay area trash agency is participating. Our participation, support or lack thereof has no impact on labor disputes in Ohio or Tennessee. These Allied employees are certainly cementing their extremist foundation for a reason.

  8. Those “millions of unemployed” would have had good jobs if the corperate owned DNC and GOP hadn’t sold them down the river years ago.
    That said, the pendulum is turning back to organized labor.
    “Help wanted” wow, such compassion, lets see if you still feel that way when your pay and benefits are cut by a third and your job/income/business gets outsourced out of the country.
    Bbox, I seriously doubt you could handle the work of a legit and necessary job that is “hauling garbage”. You can always opt out of the service and haul your own waste to the dump. Maybe you will find the compassion you threw away so long ago.
    So called “Marketable labor” is getting harder and harder to attain. Those without a silver spoon are s.o.s.
    Pizza vs waste management, seriously? Waste management is essential to society and is highly marketable unless you want to go back to throwing your shit out of your window.
    I’d pay to see Marty of Bbox maintain a blue collar job for a year. lol.
    Oh, you can thank organized labor for the very concept of the weekend while you sling your extremist anti blue collar crappity yappity at each other.
    Now ironically, I have to go defend a management decision to discipline a union employee grievance.
    Such is the complex state of our lives, every second is important for everyone. All people deserve respect for the work they do, regardless of profession. If we allow the middle class to disappears, our society will go the way of a third world nation. When the American dream dies, then my friends, true extremism will own this country. Marty and Bbox, good luck surviving in the world your self centered opinions will have invited.

  9. It’s an interesting point you attempt to make, Warble – but waaay off the mark. As a matter of fact, I lost all of my net-worth and 2/3rds of my annual earnings about 3 years ago. But, I’m also one of the lucky ones and have carved out a new career doing what you call “blue collar” work 40+ hours a week.

    But, nice try –

    30 some-odd years ago while holding another one of several blue-collar positions I’ve held since high school, I explained to one of my co-horts that there was no way American businesses could continue to pay American workers $80k/year to bolt bumpers onto Pinto’s when an Asian worker 1/2-a-world away was willing and able to do the same thing for a bowl of rice each day.

    Contrary to popular rumor, the economic forces responsible for obsoleting so many have been around for decades and recognizable by anyone who’s been paying attention.

    It’s simple economics.

    When you’re marketing and selling something, it’s usually a good idea to know what you’re worth in the marketplace, what your competitors are offering for similar goods and services.

    A guy that drives truck and pulls a lever for a living is on the edge and survives only by contrived and protectionist mechanisms.

    If I’m one of these guys in todays’ world – – – I think I want my customers VERY happy with every move I make.

    Lest they pull MY lever next.

  10. Warbie, Thanks for the historical reference to union impact on weekends, job safety, benefits, etc. If those activists who brought us those things were still alive, I’d offer as much respect as I could. But just as I don’t pay homage to Henry Ford every time my hybrid starts in the morning, I as most Americans workers are refusing look the other way when privileged workers rest on the laurels of work done by people 2-3 generations removed. Refute it, but this is the trend (Michigan, lol).

    Regardless, you present a false choice with trash collection: either bow to the demands and whims of an easily replaceable, low skilled workforce, or throw trash out the window. I maintain that without a striking union, the overwhelming majority of Americans do not need to meet the demands of extortion make that choice. Same should go for transit, public and public safety. Now, if you make iPhones

    And Box is absolutely right. If there was a job fair this Saturday, every Allied worker would be looking at the food service job listings Monday morning.

    Same goes for any job that takes a few weeks to master – you are plug and play. Now this doesn’t mean you should be denigrated and live in poverty. To the contrary, people who show up to work and make money for an employer deserve a comfortable wage and reasonable benefits . From all accounts, these Allied workers couldn’t even satisfy that single requirement – showing up. No warning, no explanation to those who are made to sacrifice = no sympathy. It’s a hole you dig yourselves, no corporate/GOP boogie man to blame.

  11. Wake up America we do not need union’s anymore they are one of Americas biggest mistakes. Exept for voting Obama into office for a second term this was AMERICAS #1 Mistake.

  12. #4 When is the mayor’s garbage picked up? Or the city council members’?

    I know a number of people who have called or emailed the council and have received no response. I doubt any member would dare address this conflict out of fear of retribution by the union extortionists.

    But I’ll be sure to check in with Vinnie next time he posts to the TCB 😉

  13. The next time someone sees a special pickup at the Mayor’s house, let me know so I can complain retroactively. Garbage is picked up on a regular schedule, Monday through Friday, starting in the most southerly part of town (Warm Springs) on Monday and working north to get to Ardenwood on Friday.

    Councilmembers get their garbage picked up based on where they live. Mine has always been on Wednesday and it almost became a habit for me to curse on a late Tuesday council night when I saw the first residence with cans out – I still had that to do when I got home.

    Bill and Vinnie live in Centerville, with a Wednesday pickup. Sue and Raj are in MSJ or WS, with a Monday or Tuesday pickup, and Anu in Niles Crest with either a Wednesday or Thursday pickup.

    On issues like this one, a contractural issue between the city and a franchisee, all interactions are done between staff and the franchisee. Council would not/should not be in the middle of it and their only avenue of approach to it is through the city manager. Council is forbidden by law to intervene in such matters with, in the extreme, a penalty of removal from office.

    Are they controlled by labor unions? I don’t think so. They listen to them, but they get elected by a much broader constituency and can get unelected just as quickly as they got elected.

  14. At least we have the opportunity to do so with Vinnie. The others seemingly possess insufficient backbone to participate herein

  15. Gus, surely you are not claiming that the council weighing in on a labor dispute with a vendor is illegal. Perhaps negotiating terms directly, but that is not even close to what I am talking about. It happens all the time. One example:

    The Petaluma City Council has delivered an ultimatum to its garbage hauler: Find labor peace or say goodbye to a 10-year franchise deal worth about $50 million. Link.

    Is the Petaluma council acting illegally?

  16. 14…Just hte facts…while you celebrate the growing underclass and support corporate greed over what would be best for the most… Vinnie Bacon kills jobs and then quotes charlatans to try and cover up the stink. Does Bacon really means business?

  17. Charlie, another false choice similar to Warble’s. It not a question of loving unions and all they do vs cheering on poverty.

    You realize the obsession your have with ballpark jobs, which are not union and relatively low paying is in conflict with your staunch pro-union politics.

    This is an extension of most middle-rung union guys I know hiring cheap labor for home landscaping and repairs and rarely considering union membership within their own business dealings. It’s always one rule for themselves and their money. Another rule for mine.

  18. Marty,

    RE #15, not the same situation as Fremont. Fremont could get to the same position, but only as an end result or failure of staff efforts to bring the company into compliance with the franchise requirements. The franchise is granted by the council and can only be terminated by the council, which seems to be the situation in Petaluma. Individual councilmembers doing anything beyond talking to the city manager would be interfering inappropriately and illegally.

  19. Wait a minute … Saying “.. ANYTHING..” ?? !! That seems to be an absolute and one which flies in the face of a clear and long established public record – doesn’t it? Forget this specific issue. Council members in all kinds of Califirnia cities profer thoughts and commentary re city matters outside chambers wiith considerable frequency.

  20. 17…Marty, I hope you you enjoy this upcoming weekend…viva (let him govern) Bacon!!!

  21. Gus, maybe we’re talking about different lines of communication. I have a hard time believing that council members have no way to address this with constituents and the vender directly.

    Public forums? Council resolutions? Responding to constituent inquiries? A Petaluma council member wrote an editorial during the 2005 dispute for baby jesus’ sake! All academic, I know. But if this stike were to go on indefinitely, I’m not buying that the council itself is as powerless as you suggest.

    I’m actually concerned why you’d suggest this in the first place. You have always been an advocate for effective government. Though now the recipient of government reach is a union, you start making excuses for inaction. Such is our representation, I suppose. Most of us know who you work(ed) for.

  22. Just to be clear, and I won’t belabor the point any more. The City Council, after a long deliberative process, entered into contractual agreement to give BFI, nee Allied Waste, nee Republic Waste a franchise to collect garbage, recycling, and composting materials from Fremont residences and businesses.

    That contract has requirements and standards for the company to meet. The administration of the terms of that contract lies in the hands of the city manager or his appointee. They enforce the terms and requirements of the contract. It does not come back to the City Council unless staff cannot bring the company into compliance with the terms or the company is not making adequate progress in meeting the terms (i.e., apparently Petaluma in your example.)

    Under state law in our “council/manager” form of government, individual councilmembers cannot interpose themselves into the staff process. Councilmembers may only ask questions, usually of the city manager, or they may propose a Council Referral to place an item on a future agenda.

    Nothing keeps a councilmember from expressing his/her individual opinion on anything, but they cannot interfere with their manager’s responsibility to run the city. He is their manager and should be following their policies, all of which were set in public.

    Were I there, I would already have had a couple of conversations with the manager about what our options are, about what our actions should be, about how long we would put up with it, and about when council would need to act (again as in Petaluma.) But, I wouldn’t share any of that information with anyone. I might ask the attorney if these questions might be appropriate for an executive session so the whole council could discuss it.

  23. Gus, thanks for the response. That’s a lot of confusion and contradiction. The council appoints the manager, and then “He is their manager”, but follows the council’s policies…?

    I have no idea what that means.

    All I am expecting is the council to respond to constituents with a simple “we’re on it”. I get pointless emails from Anu and Chan all the time. Why not an email stating they know what is going on and are in discussion with the manager to resolve the issue and get garbage service back on track? Maybe the existence of that email would be enough to pressure Allied and the union to resolve the stoppage, or at least let the union know that their actions are under critique (bing! – that’s the real fear isn’t it?).

    Regardless, if the strike were to continue indefinitely, I would be very angry if council members hid behind this convoluted screen of propriety and functions you describe.

  24. I re-read one of Gus’s comments to this thread:

    Individual councilmembers doing anything beyond talking to the city manager would be interfering inappropriately and illegally.

    I’m almost beginning to believe the union protection mechanism with CA government is almost reflexive. Not sure if they even know it anymore.

  25. Bad argument, poorly researched like so much of the hyperpartisan crap that makes its way into the public domain. . .

    Dont get me wrong – I think Unions have largely failed their constituency and lost their relevancy – but, the premise of the article is flawed and out of historical context.

    By 1914 Ford was a veritable “Johnny come lately” to a movement that had started over a century prior. (Earlier than that outside of the U.S.)

    To wit –

    Philadelphia carpenters went on strike in 1791 for the ten-hour day. In 1835, workers in Philadelphia organized a general strike, led by Irish coal heavers. Labor movement publications called for an eight-hour day as early as 1836. Boston ship carpenters, although not unionized, achieved an eight-hour day in 1842.

    In 1864, the eight-hour day quickly became a central demand of the Chicago labor movement. The Illinois legislature passed a law in early 1867 granting an eight-hour day but had so many loopholes that it was largely ineffective. A city-wide strike that began on May 1, 1867 shut down the city’s economy for a week before collapsing. On June 25, 1868, Congress passed an eight-hour law for federal employees which was also of limited effectiveness. (On May 19, 1869, Grant signed a National Eight Hour Law Proclamation.)

    In August 1866, the National Labor Union at Baltimore passed a resolution that said, “The first and great necessity of the present to free labour of this country from capitalist slavery, is the passing of a law by which eight hours shall be the normal working day in all States of the American Union. We are resolved to put forth all our strength until this glorious result is achieved.”

    During the 1870s, eight hours became a central demand, especially among labor organizers, with a network of Eight-Hour Leagues which held rallies and parades. A hundred thousand workers in New York City struck and won the eight-hour day in 1872, mostly for building trades workers. In Chicago, Albert Parsons became recording secretary of the Chicago Eight-Hour League in 1878, and was appointed a member of a national eight-hour committee in 1880.

    At its convention in Chicago in 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions resolved that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organizations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named.”

    The leadership of the Knights of Labor, under Terence V. Powderly, rejected appeals to join the movement as a whole, but many local Knights assemblies joined the strike call including Chicago, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. On May 1, 1886, Albert Parsons, head of the Chicago Knights of Labor, with his wife Lucy Parsons and two children, led 80,000 people down Michigan Avenue, Chicago, in what is regarded as the first modern May Day Parade, in support of the eight-hour day. In the next few days they were joined nationwide by 350,000 workers who went on strike at 1,200 factories, including 70,000 in Chicago, 45,000 in New York, 32,000 in Cincinnati, and additional thousands in other cities. Some workers gained shorter hours (eight or nine) with no reduction in pay; others accepted pay cuts with the reduction in hours.

    On May 3, 1886, August Spies, editor of the Arbeiter-Zeitung (Workers Newspaper), spoke at a meeting of 6,000 workers, and afterwards many of them moved down the street to harass strikebreakers at the McCormick plant in Chicago. The police arrived, opened fire, and killed four people, wounding many more. At a subsequent rally on May 4 to protest this violence, a bomb exploded at the Haymarket Square. Hundreds of labour activists were rounded up and the prominent labour leaders arrested, tried, convicted, and executed giving the movement its first martyrs. On June 26, 1893 Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeld set the remaining leader free, and granted full pardons to all those tried claiming they were innocent of the crime for which they had been tried and the hanged men had been the victims of “hysteria, packed juries and a biased judge”.

    The American Federation of Labor, meeting in St Louis in December 1888, set May 1, 1890 as the day that American workers should work no more than eight hours. The International Workingmen’s Association (Second International), meeting in Paris in 1889, endorsed the date for international demonstrations, thus starting the international tradition of May Day.

    The United Mine Workers won an eight-hour day in 1898.

    The Building Trades Council (BTC) of San Francisco, under the leadership of P.H. McCarthy, won the eight-hour day in 1900 when the BTC unilaterally declared that its members would work only eight hours a day for $3 a day. When the mill resisted, the BTC began organizing mill workers; the employers responded by locking out 8,000 employees throughout the Bay Area. The BTC, in return, established a union planing mill from which construction employers could obtain supplies — or face boycotts and sympathy strikes if they did not. The mill owners went to arbitration, where the union won the eight-hour day, a closed shop for all skilled workers, and an arbitration panel to resolve future disputes. In return, the union agreed to refuse to work with material produced by non-union planing mills or those that paid less than the Bay Area employers.

    By 1905, the eight-hour day was widely installed in the printing trades – see International Typographical Union (section) – but the vast majority of Americans worked 12-14 hour days.

    FINALLY – on January 5, 1914, the Ford Motor Company took the radical step of doubling pay to $5 a day and cut shifts from nine hours to eight, moves that were not popular with rival companies, although seeing the increase in Ford’s productivity, and a significant increase in profit margin (from $30 million to $60 million in two years), most soon followed suit

  26. You leave out the human species general desire to chill a couple days a week. Also the sabbath.

    Unions are proponents of the former, so let’s give respect.

  27. …and from the great state of Texas, a state that’s known for their love of unfettered enterprise and minimalist government intervention. . . . .

    Federal authorities confirming that West Fertilizer Co had on hand 270 times more than the legal limit of amonium-nitrate required to file a notification to federal regulators.

    The Federal EPA has confirmed that West Fertilizer filed no such statement.

    Just another example of “free enterprise” attempting to “self regulate” . . . . and which, in this case, resulted in the deaths of at least 14 people.

  28. I’m not sure who’s job it was to regulate the plant. My guess is a mix of state with federal oversight. It’s certainly not a clear case of Texas bad, regulation good.

    The idiots who allowed residential development around the plant were 100% Texan though.

  29. Its a great point which underscores my original premise which was that its rare that any consideration is exclusively good or bad under all conditions.

  30. for all their faults unions are better for the peoples than a new gilded age.eight out of ten mission tigermoms agree that a professional baseball in your community is also better for the peoples than class warfare. ten out of ten mission tigermoms agree that vinnie bacon needs to resign.

  31. Wow.

    There are times when logic and reasoning appear to evaporate about as fast as supporters for a Fremont stadium, which reminded me of another more recent instance of lack of reasoning and thought –

    How about those Bay Bridge bolts?

    Turns out that the majority of fasteners may have used a type of steel that is ill-advised for this application. I imagine that the brainiacs involved in the design and construction of this thing are pleased, nonetheless. After all, this now raises the prospect for rebuilding what we’ve already been paid to rebuild.

    I vote we close the whole thing down and stay with the original. From a seismic perspective, it is now completely unclear that the new structure will offer any more (less?) integrity than the old thing. . . .

    And, we could repurpose the new one.

    Plant some sod along its length and we can name it the “Charlie C Memorial Cricket Stadium”. It is both a monument and testimonial to what lack of reason and thought is capable of achieiving AND delivers a new sports venue to those who are willing to subordinate the economics of the greater community to the financial gains of a select few.

    PLAY BALL ! ! ! ! !

  32. WOW, I actually found a Fremont Story in the local Argus… Amazing
    I have quit my subscription and I advise all to do it.
    Maybe then they will give a damn about Fremont…

    I have found in my pursuit of Local News, KNTV Channel 11, or 703 on Comcast. They are good about Fremont News.
    Not like CBS or ABC, they are not a bay area news, but just San Francisco, if someone farts on a cable car it will be on ABC at 6:00PM

  33. Entertaining start to the holiday weekend. . . .

    Automated robo phone call from our garbage collectors to my cell instructing me to place garbage cans as usual tomorrow morning before 5:30 AM for pickup. . . . .

    An hour later, another automated robo call from the COF instructing me to wait for Friday pickup . . . . .

    Happy Thanksgiving !

  34. …and don’t forget the taxpayers all expenses paid vacation for cetain members of our city council.

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