The Teamsters 320 negotiations committee unanimously rejected St. Louis County’s final offer after almost 12 hours of negotiations Friday, and members will take a ratification vote Saturday afternoon. Teamsters chief negotiator and business agent Erik Skoog is recommending members also reject it.
The session on Friday was a last-ditch effort to hammer out a contract.
About 180 county employees are members of Teamsters 320; they are largely snow plow operators and mechanics, as well as bridge workers, building maintenance employees, parts specialists and sign technicians.
A date and time for work stoppage has not yet been determined., although Tuesday would be the first possible day.
Healthcare is a main sticking point in negotiations, the union has said. Employees of the PWD get less coverage and pay more than management and nonunion employees. Seniority rights and cost of living increases are also a concern, the union has said.