YOUNGSTOWN - Doug Dunn, general manager of Republic Services/Allied Waste, said all remaining trash should be picked up by the end of the day.
"We have good news for our customers, despite the unlawful strike by Local 377, we anticipate on having all remaining trash picked-up by the end of tomorrow. We will work through the holiday to get the job done right," Dunn said.
About 110 commercial and residential trash haulers, landfill workers and mechanics walked off the job shortly after midnight Thursday. They have been working without a contract since November.
Each side is accusing the other of unfair labor practices in the work stoppage.
In a statement released Friday, Republic accused the union of "refusing to negotiate in good faith" and said the laborers "never made a wage proposal, even though negotiations are now in their seventh month and the company has repeatedly requested one."
The company said they have called on the National Labor Relations board to investigate.
Union sources on Thursday said the strike is dealing with an unfair labor practice by the company.
Republic Services / Allied Waste is a nationwide company. The local work stoppage affects crews that provide service to areas of Niles, Liberty, Girard, Howland, Lordstown, Campbell, Struthers, Lowellville and other nearby communities.
Labor contract talks were last held March 14, company officials said. Both sides have said the main sticking point in negotiations deals with retirement benefits.