A group of 70 trash haulers went on strike Tuesday, and it could disrupt garbage collections in some Montgomery and Howard county neighborhoods.
The demonstrators work for Unity Disposal and Recycling.
They want the company to reinstate an employee who -- they said -- was fired after speaking up during a meeting last Friday about workers forming a union. However, the company said it did not fire anyone for that reason, and trash will be picked up by other workers on its payroll.
In September, several Potomac Disposal employees held an unrelated strike over labor problems.
According to the Washington Post, Unity "is one of the three firms that hold contracts with Montgomery County for residential trash pickup. The company is also a contractor for Howard County. The strike may disrupt or delay pickup in parts of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Wheaton and Columbia."