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Negotiations resume between U of M and striking workers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Talks resumed Thursday between the University of Minnesota and striking clerical, technical and health-care workers. The university said the talks were restarted at the union's request. Workers represented by the American Federatio...

MINNEAPOLIS -- Talks resumed Thursday between the University of Minnesota and striking clerical, technical and health-care workers.

The university said the talks were restarted at the union's request.

Workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have been on strike since Sept. 5, after turning down a contract offer of a 2.25 percent annual raise for clerical and technical workers and a 2.5 percent raise for health-careworkers.

The university says that offer, together with raises for experience, known as steps, amounts to at least a 4.25 percent pay raise in each of the next two years for most of those union workers.

The union last week rejected a university offer of additional $300 lump-sum payments in each year of the contract for most employees and lump-sum payments of $600 in each year of the contract for those at the top of the pay scale.

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About 1,000 of the 3,100 AFSCME employees went on strike.

On Monday, 11 students and two supporters went on a hunger strike, drinking only water and juice, to support the striking workers. Other students joined a 24-hour "solidarity fast."

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