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Union plow driver strike continues through second day, no end in sight

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MN -- There's no end in sight for the St. Louis County plow driver strike, as a major snowstorm moves closer to the region.

Teamsters 320 union members were outside the Pike Lake Public Works building for much of the day on Thursday, holding picket signs.

Union workers say they plan to start picketing right away for a third day on Friday morning, regardless of low temperatures and the snow in the forecast.

Plow drivers say they have heard concerns about un-plowed county roads being a safety issue, but as Teamsters Political Director Edward Reynoso says, the union isn't backing down until the county gives them what they say they deserve.

"'One day longer, one day stronger' is our motto. We're going to go one more day than the county is willing to go. We're willing to stay out here until we get what we need for our members," Reynoso said.

Reynoso said the members on strike are still receiving strike benefit pay from the union.

He said it's not the full paycheck, but it's enough to keep them going.

Jenna Wells

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