Union workers, laundry service iron out their differences, end strike


More than 240 union workers at Health Systems Cooperative Laundries in St. Paul are back at work after a one day strike over what the union called unfair labor practices.

“The update is that we reached a tentative agreement with the company last night around midnight and that the workers will vote on the contract on Wednesday,” Julie Boots, area director of Workers United Local 150 told the Star Tribune.

Workers received a wage increase, will continue to receive health care benefits and will continue to contribute just 10 percent to health care premium costs, a spokesman for the company said.

Earlier, KSTP reported that workers unanimously rejected an offer by the company on July 26 with the elimination of sick-day benefits becoming a key sticking point.

Allina Health System and Methodist Hospital use Health Systems Cooperative Laundries.

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