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Teamsters Punish Lockout With Rolling Sympathy Strikes

The rare tactic of the sympathy strike represents a major escalation in the Teamsters' struggle with Republic Services, and it's poised to intensify this week.

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“The core of the Teamsters is a pension plan,” says Lindsey.  “We must fight and we must win.”

Whobrey says that representatives from several Teamsters locals that deal with Republic met on Wednesday to discuss further steps to press the company to end the lockout. Thomas says he’s talked to workers in Gardenia, California, who are “waiting their turn” to mount a work stoppage as well. Meanwhile, Thomas says, co-workers have told him they were energized by the one-day strike: “They said that we should do it once a month.”


Josh Eidelson is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He worked as a union organizer for five years. Check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.

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