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U of MN workers protest opening of $4 billion fundraising campaign, say they won’t be driven into poverty

By staff |
September 10, 2017
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Minneapolis, MN - About 100 members of Teamsters Local 320, AFSCME Local 3800, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and others rallied Sept. 8 on the University of Minnesota campus at the McNamara building to demand decent contracts for the university workers’ unions.

After the rally, workers marched into a press event that included university President Eric Kahler; the chair of the Board of Regents, university mascot Goldy Gopher, and numerous cheerleaders. Mick Kelly, a member of the Teamster Local 320 negotiating team, led workers marching into the university event with the chant, “What do we what? Decent contract! When to do we want it? Now!”

University officials we visibly shaken by the protest.

Speaking at the rally, Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME 3800, stated that university workers would not be driven into poverty.

Mick Kelly of Teamsters Local 320 told the crowd, “We need to be serious. In the weeks, ahead it is not what we say that counts, it is what we do.”