By “franchising” the service to two private companies, the city hopes to skim over two million dollars from the solid waste operation every year and put it into the general fund. Bottom line: it's a hidden tax on local businesses. Now local restaurants, hair salons and apartment owners will be paying for miscellaneous city services twice, once through normal taxes, and again through their trash bills. It's a rip-off for them, it's a disaster for our members, and it's another bad city council decision that will have consequences far into the future.
John Veen has been an advocate for working families for more than 20 years as a union activist and community organizer. He is currently with the International Union of Operating Engineers Stationary Local 39, and has also worked with the Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Labor Council, UAW 2350 and the California Democratic Party.