Montgomery, Howard county trash collectors on strike again

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(WJLA) - Trash collectors are once again on strike in Montgomery and Howard counties on Thursday, their latest move to demand better pay, increased benefits and the right to unionize.

Workers from both Potomac Disposal and Unity Disposal walked off the job Wednesday; for Potomac workers, it was the second time in the past month doing so.

The workers plan to go door to door in several parts of Montgomery and Howard counties to tell residents directly what they're fighting for and why they're not picking up the trash.

Potomac Disposal workers are unhappy with their diminished access to affordable health insurance and wages, leaders say, while Unity workers are united in their attempt to form a union.

Officials with Potomac Disposal say that both they and Unity representatives refused to meet with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who called a meeting to discuss their concerns.