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St. Louis County snowplow drivers, Public Works employees reject contract offer, triggering strike

The strike won't happen immediately, and a Teamsters official said the two sides are close


December 21, 2022

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Snowplow drivers picketed at the St. Louis County Public Works Department in January 2020.

DULUTH - St. Louis County Public Works employees voted against the county final contract proposal Monday night, automatically triggering a strike that Teamsters Local 320 president Erik Skoog has said won't happen immediately - but will be "extremely deliberate."

The union members overwhelmingly rejected the contract, a three-year proposal described in a county news release as "fair and equitable to both our employees in Public Works Highway Maintenance Division and to the residents and businesses we serve."

Over the weekend, the county tacked on an additional benefit: a 25-cents-per-hour private-use allowance for most workers, the equivalent of about $500 a year to be used for purchasing cold weather gear and safety equipment.


Reader Comments(1)

Burb writes:

give these people what they're asking for it isn't even a lot. You can't even buy a decent pair of boots for $150 get real


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