Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Clerical workers to strike U today

The PPioneer Press reports that Clerical workers to strike U today. The 1,900 clerical workers will picket 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Twin Cities, Morris, Duluth, and Crookston campuses. Talks broke off yesterday evening after the university and the union failed to reach agreement, mainly on wages and health insurance costs. The article also mentions that a smaller AFSCME local at the U has just authorized a strike.

The University plans to use student workers, temporary employees, and other solutions to keep the U running smoothly. We'll see how that goes.

For more coverage of the strike, from both sides of the issue. I recommend the following:
Minnesota Public Radio
The AFSCME Local 3800 homepage and strike support site
The University of Minnesota Strike Information page

and while I certainly recommend following the news and considering all sides of the situation, I'm sure most of you can guess where my sympathies are.

- posted by laurie @ 10/21/2003 07:00:00 AM
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