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CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2023 ~ Teamsters Local 731 at Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) in Chicago have voted by an overwhelming 2-1 margin for a strong new contract. The five-year agreement is being hailed as the richest ever negotiated by the 450-worker group and contains numerous improvements to benefits, contract language, and working conditions.

Glenda Schaller, a WMI driver and proud union member of over 30 years said: "We were successful in these negotiations because we were united and determined at the table. We worked together and made a good contract better. As Teamsters, we're always building, always gaining."

The WMI contract victory marks the first group of workers to reach a deal in the Chicagoland area. Chuck Stiles, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division said: "I want to applaud Chicago workers and thank the leadership team at the International. Had it not been for our General President Sean M. O'Brien, we may never have secured a contract like this. His guidance in negotiations really sealed the deal. It is by far the richest contract in Local 731's history. It also includes some of the strongest language ever negotiated at WMI."

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Local 731 is currently negotiating agreements for more than 2,500 waste workers at several other employers including Republic Services, Waste Connections, Lakeshore Recycling Systems, and several other private commercial waste companies for the city with their sights set on higher wages, improved working conditions, and language guaranteeing workers the right to honor picket lines in their new contracts.

Stiles concluded: "Local 731 members are strong, focused, and energized. We will keep the momentum going as we continue our fight at the table with the other haulers."

Teamsters Union was founded in 1903 representing 1.2 million hardworking people in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with their mission to fight for better wages and improved working conditions for its members across all industries they represent.
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