On September 18, 2007 State representative Frank Hornstein and Senators John Marty and Patricia Torres Rey joined workers, students, and community members at a press conference at AFSCME headquarters in Dinkytown.
Despite strong support from DFL State Legislators, AFSCME workers ended the strike on Friday, September 21, to a settlement that is less than adequate according to AFSCME strikers' demands. The two-year contract offer contains a 2.25 percent cost of living increase for clerical and technical workers, a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for health care workers, plus steps to reward longevity and a $300 lump sum in each year. Workers who don't receive step increases will get an additional $300 in each year.
According to Denise Osterholm, president of UMD Local 3801, We're forced back to work because we can no longer sustain the loss of salary and a looming end to our health care coverage. The union will vote on the proposed contract some time in October.
Jacob McKnite submitted this story on September 19, 2007.