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Union workers lash out at privatization

October 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Angry sanitation workers and other union employees lashed out at Mayor Donald Grebien at a community meeting at the Curtis Elementary School Thursday night over his apparent decision to privatize the city-run trash services.
Grebien said he has decided to move ahead with the process of entering into a five-year contract with MTG Disposal, of Seekonk, Mass., to handle the city’s trash pick up and recycling.
He said that MTG was the lowest bidder of the waste hauling firms that had responded to a request for proposals that the city had put out in the spring.
The mayor added that he has asked Public Works Director Lance Hill to move ahead with having the contract go to the city’s Purchasing Board. Because it is a vendor contract, he said he can sign it by executive order and the document does not have to be approved by the City Council.
The proposal is based on weekly trash pick-up and every other week recycling pick up.

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