Garbage Workers Walk Off the Job

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- It was a potentially smelly situation for thousands of Northeast Ohio residents Monday.

Residents and businesses in Lorain County as well as all of Medina County and the Western half of Cuyahoga County fell victim to garbage workers briefly walking off the job.

They called it a "sympathy strike" with sanitation crews showing support for their brothers and sisters officially on strike at another waste site in Youngstown.

Dozens of teamsters from Local 20 walked off the job at Monday morning, joining members of Local 377 who extended their pickets lines outside the Republic Services site on Butternut Ridge Road in Elyria for 15 hours.

As a result, there was no trash pick-up Monday for thousands of residents with overflowing garbage cans littering the streets of several neighborhoods.

Sanitation workers in the area will return to work Tuesday, and trash pick-up will resume on a holiday schedule.

"Priority customers, including hospitals, were not affected today," said Republic Services general manager Eric Van Houten.

Meanwhile, Local 20 has been without a contract since February 28.

Their next bargaining session is scheduled for April 17.