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St. Louis County Snowplow Driver Stage Job Action

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Some three-fourths of the St. Louis County snowplow drivers in the Virginia district didn’t respond to an emergency call-out on Saturday morning.

The drivers belong to Teamsters Local 320, which has filed a strike notice for early Wednesday. The union says the main issues are the county’s proposals for duties and pay for long-time employees.

County Administrator Kevin Gray told the Duluth News Tribune the Virginia station has 16 to 18 road-maintenance workers. He says the county used its contingency plans for the possible strike to fill the gap, although Saturday’s job action hadn’t been expected.

Gray says the Virginia station is the only one of the 16 locations in the county where workers didn’t respond to the call-out Saturday.

A mediation session is set for Monday.

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