Private sanitation workers overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract Friday, ending a five-day strike, which left tons of bagged trash piled high on city sidewalks.
"We're going back to work immediately," said Bernard Adelstein, leader of Teamsters Local 813. The vote to get back on the job, which came at a hastily called Manhattan meeting, was 269-24.
Workers cheered and celebrated outside the Sheraton Centre hotel, where the contract was approved.
Under the deal, the lowest-paid sanitation workers will get an increase of 12.5 percent over three years, said Adelstein. A $15-a-week raise kicks in on June 1, 1991; $30-a-week raises will follow on Dec. 1, 1991, and Dec. 1, 1992, he said.
The union set up picket lines earlier this week after rejecting an offer which raised salaries $70 a week over three years. The union sought a $90 increase in a three-year contract.
The workers currently earn between $600 and $700 a week.