Union election for City of Lawrence sanitation workers to take place this month
photo by: Nick Krug
City of Lawrence sanitation workers will soon vote on whether to unionize.
As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously to adopt a resolution setting dates for the election for later in August. Teamsters Local 696 recently filed a petition with the city on behalf of the city’s 70 sanitation workers, whose duties include handling trash, recycling and yard waste collection, asking that the city conduct a union election, as the Journal-World previously reported.
The resolution sets two dates for the election, Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. The election will cost the city $1,000, which includes staff time for the employees to cast their ballots and staff time for the City Clerk’s office to conduct the election, according to a city staff memo to the commission. If the sanitation workers vote to unionize, they would become the third employee group to do so, joining police and fire/medical employees.