Haulers end garbage strike

Striking garbage haulers in King and Snohomish counties said they will return to work today without a contract "to prevent a public health crisis."

The garbage workers’ union and Waste Management agreed to resume bargaining Monday morning, meeting with a federal mediator, the company said.

Union representatives said Thursday that they expect 700 workers to get back to the job today and catch up on collecting trash that has not been picked up since Wednesday, when workers went on strike.

The trash haulers said they are going back to work at the urging of the Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The union workers’ contract expired April 1.