MSP snowplow operators reach contract agreement after threatening strike

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A union representing snow plow operators in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has reached a “provisional” contractual agreement after threatening to strike.

Teamsters Local 320 announced Wednesday that members intend to strike as it negotiates new terms with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

A mandatory 10-day cooling-off period was required before a strike could begin, but the union and announced on Saturday they had reached a tentative agreement. If approved by union members, it will prevent the strike.

“Teamsters Local 320 is proud today to have been able to reach a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission in which our priorities were addressed,” said Teamsters Local 320 President Sami Gabriel. , in a press release.

“Our members look forward to continuing their outstanding work and partnering with MAC to make MSP the North Star of all airports.”

Union members authorized the strike by a 95% margin in December.

The union raised issues over wages and severance, saying members receive 85 days of severance, while all other MAC employees receive 200. Members were also not offered the same pay increases as other employees, the union said.

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CMA Board Chairman Rick argued that MSP snowplow drivers are among CMA’s highest-paid employees, with many earning more than $100,000 a year. year.

King also criticized the union for its willingness to “disrupt the airline system rather than reach a reasonable settlement at the bargaining table.”

“Labour negotiations are never easy and the past few weeks have been difficult for everyone involved, so I want to thank the Teamsters and the staff at MAC for their relentless pursuit of a deal that benefits everyone involved.” , King said in a statement.

“Ultimately, we all share the same goals: fair compensation for employees and the unfettered operation of an airport system that creates tens of thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars each year for the airport. economy of the region.

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