Chanting, “President Kaler, hear our call! Your crummy offer is too small!” University of Minnesota workers rallied Tuesday on the Minneapolis campus for a fair contract.
AFSCME and the Teamsters, unions representing clerical, technical, food service, maintenance and other frontline employees, are engaged in bargaining new contracts with President Eric Kaler and his administration.
“After nearly two months of negotiations the administration is proposing raises of less than 1 percent, which amounts to 7-15 cents an hour,” the unions said. “[A total of] 223 senior administrators earn more than $150,000 a year, while more than 475 unionized workers make less than $15 an hour or $31,000 a year. AFSCME and Teamsters are calling for a $15 minimum wage and raises that will allow workers to get ahead.”
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