Transit Workers Prepared to Strike During Super Bowl Week

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
November 15, 2017USshare
Transit Workers Prepared to Strike During Super Bowl Week
Singing the national anthem prior to Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A transit workers union might go on strike during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018, according to local reports.

The union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, represents 2,500 bus drivers, light rail operators, and other public transportation workers in the Twin Cities area. They rejected the Metropolitan Council’s latest contract offer, the Associated Press reported on Nov. 14.

The union had 93 percent of votes to reject the new contract, AP reported.

If public transportation is at a standstill during the Super Bowl week, there could be problems, as numerous people are sure to fly into Minneapolis to enjoy the festivities.

The Metropolitan Council is confident a deal can be reached in time, AP reported. The union is fighting for security for bus drivers, better work rules, and outsourcing.

“This is really not all about money,” union president Mark Lawson told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “A lot of this has to do with working conditions. … We have drivers that are routinely assaulted on the job.”

“We have time to get this hammered out,” Lawson said. “That’s what we’re hopeful for.”

The last Metro Transit strike took place in 2004 and lasted 44 days, according to the newspaper.

Super Bowl 52 is the second Super Bowl to be held in Minneapolis, and it will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Feb. 4.

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