Negotiations to resume following trash worker strike

6:36 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 34-year-old union worker that was picketing outside his trash company was hit by a temporary driver working at Potomac Disposal Inc.

The trash company and the union have been at odds over its contract, benefits an immigration enforcement threats.
In cell phone video, you can see the trash trucks leave the site to go on their routes, the trucks pass, then you see a union worker lying on the ground. 

Anival Rivas, a union worker says, "What happened you can see all the tire marks, it ran onto the sidewalk it striked him he almost hit the school bus it was unnecessary. If there was another four guys near the truck it could have killed them."

Dozens of Union workers at Potomac Disposal had been on a two-day strike Monday and Tuesday but had planned to come back to work today.  When they arrived, they found the gates locked around 6 this morning and decided to continue their protest.

Nicole Duarte, Laborer's International Union of North America, Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition Spokeswoman says, "Workers reported to work unfortunately they were not able to access the site."

45 minutes later, police say that's when the accident happened.

The 34-year-old worker was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver has been charged with failing to control his speed.   

A short time after the accident the company contacted the union and the two sides, are now back to negotiating.

Duarte says, "This is a step in the right direction."

But if there is any indication of how the talks are going to go, the two sides cannot even agree on what happened Wednesday morning that sent a union worker to the hospital.

The president of the company, Lee Levine, says the fence was locked by union members placing a lock on the gates themselves and they weren't suppose to come back to work until Thursday. 

The union side says workers were expected back Wednesday, and that they were locked out. 

Union workers are back at work Thursday. Talks are expected to resume next week.

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