Los Angeles –- Los Angeles garbage truck drivers working for Houston-based. are preparing to strike because the company rejected their requests for salary and benefit increases. The drivers are represented by Teamsters Local 396, which asked Waste Management for a 70-percent salary and benefit increase after the company offered a 38-percent increase. Waste Management released a statement saying the company is hopeful negotiations can continue and a strike can be avoided. The company serves approximately 350 routes in the Los Angeles area. All 500 employees reported to work Monday. Contract negotiations will resume Thursday.