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Council passes bills that protect private trash collectors

March 4, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council has passed legislation aimed at providing stronger work protections for privately-employed trash collectors.

One of the bills passed Thursday would require unions within the industry to register with the Business Integrity Commission, the agency that oversees private carting companies. The Wall Street Journal reports another bill would refer labor- and wage-violation cases to the New York state attorney general or the Department of Labor.

The bills passed with near-unanimous approval, with two abstentions on one of the bills. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio must sign the bills for them to become law.

A spokeswoman for the mayor says his administration is working to improve the trade waste industry.

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Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com