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Allied Waste sanitation strike over

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The three-day strike between Allied Waste and Republic Service has been settled.

Sanitation workers will be back to work on Thursday.

Striking sanitation workers met Wednesday afternoon at Teamsters Local 984 to day they are going back to work. They're returning back to work out of respect and loyalty for the customers. They apologized to the customers but also thanked many of them who showed support.

The strike started after the workers say the company failed to pay a safety bonus on time, then kept giving excuses.

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"I believe (Thursday) is going to start a new relationship between the employer and the employee," said Joseph Wyatt, Republic Sanitation worker. "The only thing we ask us that they honor the contract, they don't break the law, and treat us like human beings, employees instead of slaves."

About 180 Allied Waste walked off the job Monday morning after without a contract since 2012. The three-day strike affected 250,000 Republic Service customers throughout the Memphis metro area and portions of northern Mississippi.

The strike was centered around wages and pension.

Representatives of Republic and Allied hope to hammer out a deal Thursday at 9 a.m.

When asked if the two groups don't hammer out a deal on Thursday and still and return to work, doesn't the strike defeat the purpose of the strike?

"No I think it doesn't defeat the purpose of it," said Aaron Belk, Teamsters Local 984. "If you take a look at the unity these guys have, that speaks for itself."

Roger Lawrence of Republic told FOX13 News they weren't aware of major issues and the strike caught them off guard. He wouldn't go into negotiations, but says they will offer them a 401K contract on Thursday to replace the benefit pension, which is doomed to fail.

Money in their pensions will not roll into the 401k, but Lawrence says each worker will start with  at least a $750 lump sum  in the 401k to get them started.


FOX13 News reporter Bofta Yimam contributed to this report.

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