U of M, union reach agreement to potentially avoid Super Bowl strike

The University of Minnesota and a local union have come to an agreement that, if confirmed by their membership, serves to prevent a costly strike during Super Bowl week.

The Teamsters Local 320 first threatened the strike last November, with the union gaining a negotiating boost after the NFL Player's Association voiced their support for the effort Monday.

The two-year deal includes provisions to increase the minimum wage for Teamsters to $15 an hour and give each member who qualifies an annual $300 lump sum as well as a 2 percent raise. In addition, the agreement contains changes to the union's sick leave policy.

More than 1,500 service workers are potentially affected by the agreement, which was reached early Tuesday morning.

Any individual issues will be handled by the University's Office of Human Resources through the union's Meet and Confer process.