Recycling Workers Walk Off Job

San Leandro – Oakland recycling workers are walking off the job this morning to protest what they say are dangerous working conditions and low wages.

The walkout began at 7 a.m. at 2615 Davis St. in San Leandro, International Longshore and Warehouse Union spokesman Craig Merrilees said.

The workers, who are employed by two companies that contract with the city of Oakland — Waste Management and California Waste Solutions — said they make less than their counterparts in other Bay Area cities.

Both companies are working to secure new contracts with the city of Oakland, according to the union.

Workers say they will demonstrate dangerous working conditions by re-creating a recycling processing line at Oakland City Hall.

A Waste Management representative was not immediately available for comment this morning.

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