THE BRONX - The city health department issued an order so that sanitation crews could remove piled-up garbage during the Co-op City strike.

Sanitation workers crossed picket lines and hauled away 100 tons of refuse overnight.

However, as the strike continues, Co-op City's 60,000 residents are now forced to take out their own garbage.

Neighbors say the garbage pileup has also created problems inside their buildings, including stench permeating their apartments and a rat infestation.

Union members say as long as RiverBay Corporation includes a four-year wage freeze in its contract, they will not sign it.

RiverBay says it offered the union a 2.33-percent increase every year and that the union is misinformed.

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