DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - After 14 hours of mediation failed to reach an agreement last Friday, officials at AFSCME Local 66 say a strike against St. Louis County could begin as soon as August 29th. The union represents just over a thousand employees with the county and they say the sticking point is sick leave and not wages. To reduce the 28 million dollar liability to taxpayers, the county wants to reduce the maximum accrual for sick leave by 20 percent for both new hires and current members who have already earned sick leave above the proposed new cap. St. Louis County Administrator Kevin Gray says they are preparing contingency plans to keep county departments running if a strike is called but will continue to engage in negotiations with AFSCME in hopes that an agreement can be reached.
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