Roy SanFilippo is the editor at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Recycling Workers Convention to Expose “Dirty Secrets” Behind East Bay Recycling Operations

Roy SanFilippo

Most of us don’t know what happens to our recycling after we take it to the curb each week.

On Saturday February 2nd, hundreds of recycling workers will gather in Oakland to expose a host of serious problems — including an alarming number of injuries to recycling workers, rat infestations, poverty-level wages and illegal retaliation against a predominantly immigrant workforce — to an audience of elected officials and policy makers who oversee this supposedly “green” industry. On Saturday, come here the stories of these workers and their efforts make their jobs safer, improve services and win fair pay for the dangerous and difficult jobs that they perform.