Emterra waste haulers strike in Peel

Waste collection contractors have walked off the job in Peel Region, just west of Toronto, in a labor dispute involving Emterra Environmental.

The region is telling residents in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon to expect collection delays, and that pickups have been suspended for bulky items, recyclables and yard waste. Organics will only be collected along with scheduled garbage pickups.

Map of Peel strike
Residents of Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon are affected by the strike. (Map: Peel Region)

LiUNA Local 183, representing the striking workers, said they began job action after Emterra refused to pay the same wages and benefits offered by another waste management company in the region.

“We were forced to take these measures after Emterra has refused to provide fair and equitable compensation for all of its workers,” union business manager Jack Oliveira said in a statement.

“It is simply not fair for two workers with the same duties to have such a disparity in wages.”

The fleet has supplied recycling and waste management services to the region since 2016.

“A fair and competitive, fully recommended deal was presented and we ask that the union reconsider its actions given the impact this disruption could have on residents in the community, the environment, as well as our employees and their families,” Emterra Group chief operating officer Brad Muter said in a written statement.

“Our pledge is to do our best to minimize the impact on our valued residents, customers and business partners and thank them for their patience and understanding as we work towards a fair settlement.”


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  • There seams to be a lot of strikes and drivers leaving trucking. Maybe we should look at why myself and others are not happy with truck driving and the treatment we get at shipping and receiving.

  • On Dec 7 2021, at 11:05 am, a yard waste truck drove up my street, and then left. The truck did not pick up yard waste residents had out. Why would this not be done, when said would be on this day.
    If was not going to be done, WHY, send a truck to just drive through streets! Waste of gas on tax payers money!

  • Concerning garbage pickup in my area, some of the drivers are the worst. They speed up to each bin, slam on the brakes, attempt to pick up bin on first try, when put back down is dropped, left to fall over. In some cases the truck is still rolling as attempting to pick up and put down bin. There were three times when bin was very close to being dropped abruptly, was within inches of my car. My car is three feet or more from edge!
    Send drivers back to training! With wanting a wage match, let’s hope there is improvement all around, pick up times, and how bins are picked up and put back down. IF do not like the job they have, move on, IF do not like the money to drive, move on. Remember is my money paid the drivers. I work for my money to pay the drivers!

    • You sound like a Karen . Picking up a bin thats knocked over isn’t the end of the world my friend. Those arms are hydraulic and very strong not so easy to be gentle . I dont mind them going fast I know they have a job to do and alot of houses to get done . Its people like you that don’t have respect for these workers. I believe they were underpaid, so they are 100% right for striking for more pay . Have a good day male Karen cheer up