MSP Airport Snow Plowing Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement
Teamsters 320 union members who clear snow and maintain grounds in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reached an agreement in principle on Saturday.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The union will present the contract to its members for a vote next week. Members who work at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) could have gone on strike in the coming weeks.
“Labour negotiations are never easy, and the past few weeks have been difficult for everyone involved, so I want to thank the Teamsters and the staff at MAC for their relentless pursuit of a deal that benefits everyone involved. “Metropolitan Airports Commission Chairman Rick King said in a press release. “Ultimately, we all share the same goals: fair compensation for employees and the unfettered operation of an airport system that creates tens of thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars each year for the airport. economy of the region.
King had denounced the intent to strike and said in an earlier press release that he was disappointed that 94 snowplow operators “appear willing to disrupt the air transportation system rather than reach a reasonable settlement at the bargaining table. negotiation”. He added that they are the highest paid snowplow drivers in the area.
Salary varies by season, according to the statement. In 2019, the median gross salary was $103,280 with 48 employees earning over $100,000. In 2020, the median gross salary was $89,601 with 18 employees earning over $100,000.
Sami Gabriel, President of Teamsters Local 320, said in a statement that “Teamsters Local 320 is proud today to have been able to reach a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission in which our priorities have been addressed. Our members look forward to continuing their outstanding work and partnership with the MAC to make MSP the North Star of all airports.”
Steward John Fredin said “we are pleased to be able to continue to serve the public and to keep the trails clear and safe for all travel”.
In separate negotiations, MAC leaders on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with International Union of Operations Engineers Local 49, which clears snow around aircraft, the statement said.
Editor Alex Chhith contributed to this report.