An employee of the county's largest union was placed under citizen's arrest Wednesday afternoon by Bailard Landfill managers, who told sheriff's deputies that the woman was trespassing, authorities said.
Ellyn S. Edwards, a supervisor of the Service Employees International Union, Local 998, was booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of trespassing after Clinton Whitney complained that she refused to follow established visiting procedures.
According to Whitney, general manager of the Ventura Regional Sanitation District, Edwards refused to sign a release before entering the landfill site. She also crumpled a letter to union employees describing the rules that must be followed to enter the site, he said.
"We've had three deaths at this site," Whitney said. "There's dangerous equipment operating there and we cannot have people running around that site at will, whether they're union or not."