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N.Y. CITY GARBAGE CARTERS REJECT PACT, VOTE FOR STRIKE

Private carters, who pick up trash from 250,000 businesses in the city, overwhelmingly rejected a new contract offer Sunday and voted to strike, city officials said.

Members of Teamsters Local 813 rejected a contract offer last Sunday as inadequate. But, at the mayor's request, they postponed their strike deadline by one week -- until 12:01 a.m. today -- to allow more negotiations.

The union represents 2,100 private trash haulers whose workers earn about $40,000 a year serving all five boroughs, Nassau, Westchester and Putnam counties. Their last strike, in the winter of 1981, lasted 17 days and forced the city to declare a health emergency.

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