Trashed: How Outsourcing Municiap Solid Waste Collection Kicks Workers to the Curb

This research documents the impact that out­sourcing has had on the nature of jobs in solid waste collection and what that means for the workers who are performing these duties. We found that the outsourcing of Winnipeg’s solid waste collection has resulted in the reduction of unionized jobs and replaced many of these jobs with contractor and subcontractor positions as well as a reliance on using THAs to staff these contractor and subcontractor positions. These positions pay less than when collection remained in-house, the tenure of positions is insecure, and occupational safety and health standards remain insufficient and regulations are often not adhered to.

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Winnipeg, MB, Canada