Garbage Piling Up? Waste Management Strike Affects King County

Did you notice your garbage was still in the driveway when you came home from work yesterday afternoon? You weren’t the only one! The Waste Management Team in King and Snohomish counties went on strike yesterday afternoon against the largest refuse service over wage and benefits issues in the Northwest. According to the Seattle Times, the Local 117, which includes 153 recycling-route drivers walked out yesterday, and were joined by the garbage truck drivers of Local 174 shortly after.

Drivers began to pull service trucks into the South Seattle Waste Management yard, stepped out of their vehicles and picked up a picket sign. Their strike affects over 220,000 in King and Snohomish counties, and Waste Management could be issued steep fines should the strike drag out; up to $4,500 dollars a day for failing to make scheduled collections, and $250,000 if the strike drags out longer than a week. Drivers have been without a contract since May 31st, and are disputing the wage gap between recycle drivers who start at $17 an hour vs garbage drivers who’re starting at around $26 an hour. At this time there are no plans for negotiation in place, Waste Management hopes drivers will come back to work. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

Capitol Hill Block Party This Weekend!

The much anticipated Capitol Hill Block Party is finally here this weekend! The festivities will begin Friday afternoon at 4pm, so if you live in or around Capitol Hill, plan on traffic, and lots of decked out festival goers donning the streets down E Pike Street, From 12th Ave to Broadway. The Festival will begin on the mainstage with Father John Misty getting the ball rolling at 4, kicking off the 3 day long weekend event.

CHBP Artist Neko Case

Headliners this year will include Neko Case, Fitz and the Tantrum, and Allen Stone among over 100 other bands performing in the neighborhood. Of course, there will be other vendors and events going on throughout the weekend, such as a musical yoga combination from instructors at the Sweatbox, and live music, free to anyone who has a CHBP ticket handy. There will also be plenty of vendors such as Pagliacci pizza, Qdoba, and other food trucks available, and several local restaurants in town will also be open for block party festival goers. Come on down and support the neighborhood this weekend at Capitol Hill Block Party, 3 day and single day passes are still available online.