Contract agreement reached in St. Louis County snowplowers strike

Deal comes after marathon bargaining session that ended early Monday

WCCO Radio Newsroom
January 20, 2020 - 6:58 am
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The five-day strike of St. Louis County's highway maintenance workers, including snowplow drivers, appears to be over.

Teamsters recording secretary Erik Skoog posted on social media early Monday morning that an agreement was reached following 15 hours of mediation between the union and county officials.

That mediation wrapped up about 4:00 a.m.

The 170 snowplow drivers, who are responsible for more than 3,000 miles of roads in northeastern Minnesota, have been off the job since Wednesday over concerns about health care and paid time off, among other issues.

The union negotiators plan to present their tentative agreement to the rank-and-file at a meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Monday.

With union workers on strike, St. Louis County supervisors worked the plows during this past weekend's storm that left behind several inches of snow.

The workers who walked off the job are heavy equipment operators who work year-round for Minnesota's largest county.

The highway maintenance staff also includes mechanics and shop workers.


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