Teamsters Local 320 leaders won’t predict how service workers will vote on a two-year contract offer from the University of Minnesota that union leaders call “divisive” because longest-serving employees get an across-the-board raise but others do not. Union Secretary/Treasurer Brian Aldes says workers under the contract offer “do not keep pace with the cost of living and in fact, on average, Teamster workers… earn below what is the cost of living.”
U-of-M officials say their offer is fair and equitable, and has raises consistent with those offered to other union and non-union employees. If the rank-and-file reject the contract offer, a strike by over 15-hundred service workers is set for January 26th.
More in this interview with Aldes: