Minnesota Snow Plow Drivers Enter Mediation Over Wages And Benefits

Snow plow drivers in Minnesota have filed a motion with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services (MBMS) to go on strike.

According to Bring Me The News, Teamsters Local 320, which represents 180 workers in St. Louis County's Public Works department, says it demands change in regard to wages. It also alleges that benefits and health insurance have not been met by the county.

Teamster Business Agent and chief negotiator Erik Skoog said, "The Union has followed the protocol . for public workers to engage in a legal work stoppage. The Union and County participated in mediation for the 45 days required."

A strike date has not yet been announced, but both parties will go through a 10-day "cooling off period" before reconvening for final mediation. If an agreement is not reached during mediation, Teamsters can call a strike whenever they want.

Teamsters voted unanimously last month to authorize the strike.

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