If you pushed your garbage cans to the curb expecting them to be picked up today, chances are the garbage strike Thursday morning may keep them full for a while.

The two dozen Allied Waste haulers returned to their trucks Tuesday, but they did so without a new contract, a Teamsters official said.

Terry Hancock, president of Teamsters Local 731, the union representing the 24 waste haulers and two mechanics that serve many communities within parts of Kankakee, Iroquois and Will counties, said a negotiating session has been set for Friday.

Workers will continue to work under the four-year contract, which expired Jan. 31.

Allied Waste is the hauler of garbage, recyclable material and yard waste for Bradley, Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Grant Park and Momence.

The company and union have failed to come to an agreement on a new contract and wages. Currently, earning $22 per hour on average, the union is seeking a 45-percent wage hike. They are seeking an hourly wage of $32.

Hancock previously said the $32 figure is more in line with the company's drivers in the Chicago metropolitan region.

When drivers walked off the job last Thursday, Allied managers and supervisors got behind the wheel and ran the routes Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.

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Management did a much better job on Monday than the regular workers usually do. Our trash was picked up by noon instead of 4 PM. Management got out there and got the job done. All we get from the usual guys are excuses as to why they take so long to do the job. I still would rather have United back. They were always here early and picked up recycling every week. They didn't sneak in a price increase as a past due bill either like Allied did.

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