Pawtucket union seeks injunction to block privatization of trash service

Source: Ethan Shorey, Valley Breeze, May 28, 2013

The union representing sanitation workers in Pawtucket has filed for a temporary restraining order and injunction to prevent city officials from privatizing trash and recycling services. An attorney for the union will be in court Wednesday for a preliminary conference with the judge, according to Augie Venice, president of the Local 1012 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. Seekonk-based MTG Disposal is set to take over the service on June 3….
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Union: ‘See you in court’ on move to private trash service
Source: Ethan Shorey, Valley Breeze, February 12, 2013

With the city’s sanitation services set to go private this Friday, Feb. 15, members of the Local 1012 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees are threatening that a lawsuit may be imminent….Mayor Don Grebien says that he plans to sign a contract with Seekonk-based MTG Disposal on Feb. 15. He gave the City Council a chance to review the document last week, but emphasized that he has ultimate authority to sign the contract without the council’s permission….

Video: Pawtucket trash services set to go private on Feb. 15
Source: Ethan Shorey, Valley Breeze, February 5, 2013

Love or hate the idea, the outsourcing of city sanitation services is about to happen. Mayor Don Grebien told The Breeze he’ll sign the contract with Seekonk-based MTG Disposal on Feb. 15. If he wanted to, said the mayor, he could sign the document immediately, but he’s agreed to allow the City Council to review it first. Members will do so at the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday evening. …The contract to be reviewed by the council Wednesday calls for paying MTG about $11 million over five years, $2.13 million in year one, $2.17 million in year two, $2.22 million in year three, $2.26 million in year four, and $2.3 million in year five….