University of Minnesota service workers vote to authorize strike

MINNEAPOLIS — The union representing 1,500 service workers at the University of Minnesota announced Monday afternoon that a strike vote has been approved.

Teamsters Local 320 says it will file an intent to strike Tuesday morning. The union previously said the university “repeatedly refused to address chronic understaffing, poverty wages and abusive hiring practices.” The labor contract expired on 30 June.

The union says it represents the workers who prepare food, clean buildings, service dormitories, maintain HVAC systems, care for research animals, drive trucks and do other activities across the university’s five campuses.

The union says a survey, which included more than 450 current and former service workers at the university, found that more than 62% reported not being paid enough to cover basic monthly expenses.

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