To: Cordell Proctor, Unity Disposal and Recycling

Unity Disposal: Stop Treating Your Trash Collectors Like Trash

Collecting trash is dangerous and demanding work, and your employees want the resources they need to take care of themselves and their families. We thank Potomac Disposal for signing a fair contract with their employees. Now, Unity Disposal workers deserve union recognition and a fair contract.

Why is this important?

This campaign started with strikes at two companies: Potomac Disposal and Unity Recycling and Disposal. Potomac Disposal has now signed a fair agreement with its employees. Thanks so much for speaking up for these workers! And thanks to Potomac Disposal for doing the right thing!

Unfortunately, the Unity Disposal and Recycling still won’t recognize the workers’ union or discuss their demands for fair wages or affordable health insurance.

Currently, Unity only offers health insurance to some employees, and it’s not affordable. Furthermore, several workers have come forward with paystub evidence of missing wages or overtime pay and uncompensated work hours, in addition to potential Montgomery County living wage law violations that we are currently investigating.

Several workers say they have been met with harassment or intimidation when they’ve tried to resolve these problems on their own.

The workers want a union contract to give them the resources and procedures to resolve wage problems like these without facing retaliation, as well as to negotiate for affordable health insurance and fair wages.

The workers are headed back to work tomorrow to show their commitment to the community, but they will be continuing the conversation in their workplace.

You can help by contacting Unity Disposal at: 301-490-8604 or 301-990-2049 and telling them that their employees deserve a fair contract.

Then, SIGN THE PETITION to let us know you called.

We can't trust Unity to count your calls accurately. Signing on will make sure we can tell Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett exactly how many residents support us.

Thanks so much for your support!

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Reasons for signing

  • I have been at unity for 6 months rain,sleet, and snow. I knew I needed a another job wants I hurt my self at home came to work couldn't finish. I asked how many vacation days I accumulated they said none that was my final straw
  • 15 dollars per hour minimum wage... health care because of dangerous working conditions Trash yard and trucks are in disrepair and odor control is affecting workers healtj.
  • As a resident of Howard County, impacted by the workers' strike, I would like to communicate my support of the workers. As a granddaughter of an immigrant from Italy who was a sanitation worker in NJ and the daughter of a former sanitation worker (turned union supported plumber) I fully support their quest for livable wages and decent working conditions. I would like to know how to identify our regular route workers so that we can provide them with letters of support and a holiday bonus for...