Workers at 2 Montgomery County Trash Haulers Go on Strike

ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Workers with two of the three contract trash haulers in Montgomery County are going on strike.

About 70 workers from Unity Disposal and Recycling in Laurel walked off the job Tuesday, and the strike was continuing Wednesday. About 50 workers from Potomac Disposal of Gaithersburg have also gone on strike. Potomac workers also struck for three days last month, claiming that the company was making immigration enforcement threats.

The companies pick up trash and recycling at about 20,000 homes a day in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Wheaton and Silver Spring. Unity also hauls trash in parts of Howard County. But county officials say residents should be largely unaffected by the strikes.

Managers at Unity and Potomac did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday morning.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow Kevin on Twitter.

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