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Labor strike planned at University of Minnesota on Wednesday

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ST. PAUL (AP) — The strike by clerical, technical and health care workers at the University of Minnesota is on.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees confirmed its members would go on strike on Wednesday, the second day of fall classses.

AFSCME Local 3800 President Phyllis Walker says the strike will continue until the university improves its offer.

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The strike announcement was expected after the union rejected the latest contract offer and no new talks were scheduled.

The university says its offer would have provided 94 percent of AFSCME employees with at least a 4.5 percent pay increases in each year of a two-year contract.

The union calculates the university’s offer at 2.25 percent per year for clerical and technical workers and 2.5 percent for health care workers.

The university says on its Web site that it has contingency plans in place to keep the university operating during a strike.

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