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US judge halts potential strike by Reno trash collectors

November 20, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A potential strike in Reno by trash collectors has been averted — for now.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a federal judge last week stamped out a possible strike by garbage collectors with Teamsters Local 533, citing a no-strike clause in their contract with Waste Management of Nevada.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks ruled trash truck drivers who are seeking longer, less-supervised lunch breaks need to take the matter to arbitration.

The simmering dispute between the company and the Teamsters began in July when Waste Management announced changes to the way trash truck drivers are supposed to take their half-hour, unpaid lunch break.

The new rules required drivers to keep a lunch break-logging device in their trucks.

A new hearing in the case has been scheduled for Dec. 6.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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