Under a contract with Montgomery County, Md., Potomac Disposal, Inc. collects trash from more than 40,000 households. Now Potomac is asking the county for a raise. But the company’s CEO says he has no intention of sharing any additional money it may receive from the county with its workers, members of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657.
Under the terms of the current deal, Potomac is allowed to petition for an increase based on increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which as we all know impacts workers, especially lower-wage workers, as much if not more than corporations. Urge Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to deny Potomac’s request because of its refusal to share any possible increase with the workers.
Montgomery County has one of the highest costs of living in the country. The workers’ jobs are strenuous and dirty, and done in all sorts of adverse weather. Despite providing a vital public service, too many of them struggle to provide for their families. If Potomac receives a CPI increase, so should the workers.