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Metropolitan Council AFSCME Workers Announce Historic Strike Authorization Vote for Fair Wages, Equal Treatment, and Respect
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minnesota – AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Bart Andersen and AFSCME Local 668 President Tiffany Leff, representing more than 700 workers at the Metropolitan Council, released the following statements to announce a 94% strike authorization vote by Metropolitan Council workers in response to the employer’s refusal to reach a fair contract. Local 668 members are completely united in their demand for fair raises, an end to unfair and discriminatory performance-based pay, and the respect and dignity they deserve in the workplace.
For too long, our union members at the Metropolitan Council have been underpaid and undervalued and now we are saying, "enough is enough" and by historic numbers, we have voted to authorize a strike. We are fighting for fair raises that reflect our hard work and dedication to providing high-quality services for the nearly 3 million metropolitan area residents we support,” said Tiffany Leff, President of AFSCME Local 668. “We reject unfair performance-based raises that are shrouded in secrecy and exacerbate pay inequities. All of our members deserve fair and transparent compensation. Our communities deserve and expect Metropolitan Council leadership to treat its workforce with the dignity and respect we deserve."
Every worker...