Becker County Human Services employees among over 160 county employees who vote to strike

Becker County Human Services employees among over 160 county employees who vote to strike Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN—Over 160 Becker County employees prepare to strike after voting this week to reject final labor contract offers from the Becker County Board of Commissioners.

Two groups with separate collective bargaining labor contracts…the Human Services Department and general staff (Teamsters Local 320 members) at the Becker County Courthouse—each rejected by majority vote the County’s final offer to employees which the Teamsters Local 320 says two central issues have to do with fair wages and major health insurance disparities between part-time and full-time employees.

Specifically, the County’s final offer to employees is salary increases of 2.25% the first year and 2.5% the second year of the proposed agreement. According to the Teamsters Local 320 during negotiations with the County, employees requested an increase to the employer’s contribution towards health insurance costs, which has not changed in a decade. Part-time employees who work 28-hours or less do not qualify for employer provided health insurance.

No timeline yet has been set for a strike but the union says both Becker County administration has been notified and the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services in St. Paul.

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