Local 49 members have voted to accept the latest contract offer from the city of Minneapolis, and our members will not be going on strike. This was a challenging negotiation, but it has now come to an end, and our members look forward to continuing to do the work necessary to make the city of Minneapolis function.
As an editorial comment, not explicitly related to Minneapolis, Twin Cities public sector entities need to do better for their workers as we move forward. We are seeing suburban and outstate employers valuing and recognizing our members’ work with pay increases that match or exceed inflation. We understand budget constraints, but there is federal money that has come in, and the economy is recovering. Budgets are a priority document, and we expect Twin Cities public sector entities to make their frontline workers more of a priority in future years. Our members keep cities operating and they have earned that respect.