More than 100 workers, labor leaders and community supporters marched through Beverly Hills on Friday to lobby for fair treatment of Athens Environmental Services sanitation employees.
“They have gone to the Beverly Hills City Council on multiple occasions to voice their concerns and the company has threatened the workers for speaking out, that is not appropriate behavior.”Adan Alvarez, union spokesman
The workers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 396, allege they are underpaid and fear their healthcare benefits are being eroded. They have failed to reach a labor agreement with the company after two years of negotiations and claim Athens — a division of City of Industry-based Athens Services — is “denying its workers dignity, respect and a voice on the job.”
Wielding signs with the message, “Athens Services Union Contract Now!” the group converged in front of Beverly Hills City Hall with a large pile of stuffed trash bags.
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