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Garbage Strike Over, Waste Remains

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SAN CARLOS, Calif. (KCBS)_ A two-day strike by garbage collectors in San Mateo County has caused a delay in collections despite workers returning to their normal hours.

The 48-hour strike by 13 workers at Ox Mountain Landfill ended with employees returning to work Friday.

The strike began Wednesday because employees at Ox Mountain, which is owned by Allied Waste, disputed wording in their contracts about pensions.

Allied Waste expected the strike, but managers were caught off-guard when an additional 250 truck drivers and administrative staff also went on strike at a San Carlos garbage facility.

The San Carlos strike was done in support of the strike at Ox Mountain, but also because a local union claimed women were not being paid as much as men.

An Allied Waste spokeswoman says managers are still negotiating with workers, but the company will not address the dispute of gender inequality.

Residents whose trash is typically collected Wednesday should have it picked up on Friday, and Thursday trash collections should move to Saturday.

The strike impacted trash collection in San Carlos, Hillsborough, Redwood City, Belmont, Foster City, Menlo Park, and unincorporated areas of the county.

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