SUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. has reached a deal with the union representing its 470 drivers, the company announced today. The five-year contract was ratified this morning by the workers, said Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for Waste Management. It’s the same deal that the workers rejected before going on strike Oct. 19, she said. “I think from the outset we felt that this was a very, very strong offer, and that it was so strong we were willing to stand by it despite the strike,” Cole said. A representative from Teamsters Local 396, the union representing the workers, could not be reached for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During the strike, workers picketed at company facilities in Sun Valley, Compton and Long Beach. From the outset of the strike, the company brought in its own temporary drivers from other parts of the country. Last week, it started advertising for permanent drivers to replace the strikers. The new contract covers drivers, mechanics and bin shop workers. The new deal gives workers a 22.5 percent wage increase over five years, according to the company. The union reported that under the old contract, its workers made up to $17.80 an hour. Waste Management hauls trash for about 12,000 customers in the city of Los Angeles. Most of those customers are businesses, but some are large apartment complexes. The city has its own workers haul residential trash. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!