MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport voted on Wednesday to allow a strike if negotiations with the Metropolitan Airports Commission fail next month.
Local 49 officials said the vote to authorize the strike was “almost unanimous.”
The union will meet with MAC in early January to continue negotiations, and members could go on strike as early as January 25 if negotiations fail or a final contract offer is rejected.
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Local 49 said last year, when the airport was in financial difficulty, members agreed to a one-year pay freeze.
“Now, as the economy recovers, air travel has increased, and the federal government has bailed out airports, management is unwilling to step up and give these frontline workers the respect of a decent pay raise that they want. ‘they deserve,’ Local 49 officials said.
Last week, plow drivers and maintenance workers at airports around the metro voted to strike, after their union was not offered the same raises or severance pay as other labor groups. negotiation. The earliest these workers could go on strike is January 20.