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One-Day Strike Will Affect City Services on Tuesday; Trash Collections May Be Delayed

Trash pickup is among services that may be affected by a 24-hour strike by city workers represented by SEIU Local 721 on Tuesday, August 8.

With several other labor strikes already playing out this summer – including hotel workers and Hollywood writers and actors – more than 11,000 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, who provide a variety of key services for the City of Los Angeles, will stage a one-day strike against the city on Tuesday, August 8.

According to a story in the LA Times this morning, the striking employees will include “sanitation workers, heavy duty mechanics, traffic officers, and engineers” in many locations, as well as “more than a thousand airport workers, including custodians, mechanics and shuttle drivers” at LAX, and “about 300 port workers, including tugboat captains.”

That means, according to a memo to constituents from City Council President Paul Krekorian:

Airline passengers departing from LAX should plan to arrive an hour earlier than normal. If you usually plan to arrive two hours before a scheduled domestic flight (recommended), allow three hours. If you plan to arrive three hours before an international flight (recommended), please allow four hours.”

Also, according to Krekorian:

“Some City swimming pools may be closed on Tuesday. If you plan to visit the pool, call in advance. City-operated preschools and daycare centers will open as usual.

And finally, regarding trash pickup:

“Residential customers are asked to place their bins out on their regular collection day, but are advised that there may be up to a one day delay in collection services. If a delay is required, Tuesday collections will be collected on Wednesday, Wednesday collections will be on Thursday, Thursday collections will be on Friday, and Friday collections will be on Saturday. Normal collection services are anticipated to resume by Monday, August 14, 2023.”

According to the Times, the union plans to resume negotiations with the city next week.

“City workers are vital to the function of services for millions of Angelenos every day and to our local economy,” said Mayor Karen Bass in a statement issued after the strike announcement. “They deserve fair contracts and we have been bargaining in good faith with SEIU 721 since January. The City will always be available to make progress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Note: This story was updated after its initial publication to include new trash collection information received on 8/8/23.


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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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