Transit workers in Twin Cities prepared to strike Super Bowl week

Getting around in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week could get tricky.

The union that represents about 2,500 bus drivers, light rail operators and other public transportation workers in the Twin Cities has authorized a strike during Super Bowl week after rejecting the Metropolitan Council’s latest contract offer, the Associated Press reported. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 had 93 percent of votes to reject the contract, the AP said.

Minneapolis will host its second Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018. Super Bowl week brings in large crowds of people, some who come for the week’s festivities but won’t even stay for the game, and every city puts its best foot forward to make sure the visitors have a great time. That could be a problem if public transportation is at a standstill due to a worker’s strike.

The AP reported that the Metropolitan Council is confident a deal can be reached, and there are almost three months before the Super Bowl. The union is fighting for improvements in work rules, outsourcing and security for bus drivers, the AP said.

A possible union strike by transportation workers could happen during Super Bowl week in the Twin Cities. (AP)

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