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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, December 21, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9A % WASTE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Privatization would cut 45 city jobs Waste Management officials have told New Braunfels officials the rate it would charge city residents would remain the same or "maybe less.” If Waste Management takes over the city’s refuse collection, 45 employees would lose their jobs — employees like Pablo Caballero, Joe Flores, Julio Martinez and Robert Jimenez. Flores, 48, has worked for the city 22 years. He drives a rear-load garbage truck. He likes his job and has a family to support. Flores said he'd have to look for another job if the city contracts with Waste Management. Julio Martinez has been working for the sanitation department four years as a trash collector, or "slinger,” on the truck Flores drives. Martinez said his father worked for Waste Management and quit to go to work for the city’s sanitation department. If Waste Management gets the city’s sanitation service contract, Martinez said he’d find another job. Robert Jimenez has worked for the city for two years as a collector. He also works with Flores. He grew up in New Braunfels. Jimenez said it would be difficult to find a job locally if Waste Management took over the sanitation service. For now, the three-man crew collects garbage in New Braunfels five days a week. Their day usually starts early in the morning. Some mornings it’s cold, like Thursday, when the huge truck worked its way through the city’s neighborhoods in the early hours of the morning. The driver, Flores, methodically negotiated the tight turns and streets, while keeping an eye on his co-workers, Martinez and Jimdnez. As the huge rear-load truck 'creeped down the back streets and neighborhoods, Martinez and Jimenez jumped off and on the truck, going from one house to another, lifting garbage cans and plastic bags full of garbage and emptying the contents into the rear of the truck. The three men worked together like clockwork — stopping, starting, lifting and dumping cans of garbage. And the pace never slowed down, except for their allotted 10-minute breaks. As the truck slowly rumbled down Saddletree Street, Flores spotted a Christmas package on top of a garbage can sitting on the curb. He smiled when Martinez handed it to him through the driver’s window. The cab seat was already full of bags of Christmas candy collected from other homeowners along the route. A few minutes later, the truck turned down Fleetwood Drive. Two women, Judy Kovacs and Jan Ketler, were visiting on the front lawn. “They do an excellent job,” Kovacs said. “I feel safe with them, and they know us.” “I give them cookies and sodas all the time,” said Katler, Kovacs’ neighbor. The job the three men were doing seemed perfectly satisfactory to the two women. “I don’t know why the city would want to change to Waste Management,” one woman said. Waste Management says it boils down to one thing — efficiency. “Because we’re a private company, and it’s the business we’re in. We have levels of efficiency and goals that we meet,” said Tom Carroll, district manager for Waste Management in San Antonio. “Government entities don’t necessarily gauge their employees’ performance like we do.” In recent workshops, New Braunfels City Council members have expressed concerns about employees who will lose their jobs if Waste Management takes over the service. “The last thing I want to do is yank the mg out from under our employees," said Councilman Ken Valentine last week. “What about the employees who are just short of being vested with the retirement plan?” Except for a few employees who are already vested, all of the employees will lose their city retirement plan if Waste Management takes over the service. Flores is one of the lucky ones. I Ie could retire, if he wanted to, although he said he’d probably keep working someplace else if Waste Management takes over the sanitation service. But Martinez and Jimenez won’t be able to count on the city’s retirement plan if the sanitation services goes private. It worries them, although they’re reluctant to say anything. Only a few sanitation workers have attended recent council meetings, although City Manager Chuck Pinto has encouraged the city workers to attend public meetings and to say what they think, without fear of losing their jobs. {Tores, Martinez and Jimenez say why waste their time. They think its a done deal, no matter what they say. Pinto says neither he nor the council have made up their minds yet about privatizing the service. THE FLOOR DEPOT EVE iZ THO UY EWES TU S/WE SS SS MARBLE 12X12 WAS$5«9tSq.Ft. Now *l*9#Sq. Ft. CERAMIC TILE CLOSE-OUT WAS $L29 Sq. Ft. Now 69cSq. Ft. DESIGNER HARDWOOD was $7*79sq. fi. Now «99CSq. Ft. PERGO FLOORING was &7tsq. Ft. Now 99CSq. Ft. BERBER OR TEXTURED CARPET was $tt*99 Sq. Ft. Now *5«MSq. Yd. SNAP LAMINATE CLOSE-OUT was $£49 sq. Ft. Now 99CSq. 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