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Associated Press, Published February 10 2013

Union for janitors, security officers OKs strike

MINNEAPOLIS – The union representing about 6,000 janitors and security officers in the Twin Cities area has authorized a strike if necessary.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the union authorized the strike to protest proposed cuts to wages, full-time jobs and health care coverage.

Service Employees International Union Local 26 represents janitors and security guards who work for contractors, which are then hired by companies such as Target and U.S. Bank.

Union spokeswoman Kate Brickman says a work stoppage isn’t imminent, but now workers could strike at a moment’s notice.

David Duddleston is an attorney representing contractors who hire security officers. He says employers are bargaining in good faith.

WCCO-TV reports that the Minneapolis-St. Paul Cleaners Association says it’s also working toward a quick resolution.

Negotiations are scheduled to continue this week.