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Chicago Trash Collectors Vote to End Walkout

October 10, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Union garbage collectors voted overwhelmingly to end a nine-day strike that left stinking piles of trash around Chicago.

Members of the Teamsters union voted, 1,540 to 373, to accept a pact giving workers a 28% raise in wages and benefits over five years.

The Chicago Area Refuse Haulers Assn. said trucks would work through the night clearing trash. A city official said, however, that it would be days before all the trash would be gone.

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