DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Negotiations between Becker County and union representatives failed, meaning a county workers strike could still be coming.

A mediated session between a Becker County negotiation team and Teamster Local 320 failed to break the logjam Wednesday, March 4, over a two-year contract for about 160 county human services and courthouse employees represented by the union.

Union members earlier voted to go on strike if a settlement is not reached. The strike date has not yet been announced.

“The county is extremely disappointed in this outcome,” Becker County Administrator Michael Brethorst said in a Monday news release. “Becker County has come to the table on multiple occasions and offered an above average increase, based on comparable counties.” But the union negotiations team outright rejected all county offers for its membership, he said.
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