University of Minnesota service workers vote to authorize strike

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

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

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.

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