AFSCME Local 791 pickets for new contract

By KBJR News 1

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) Hibbing City workers picketed in front of the city hall tonight to bring attention to a tentative strike.

The workers, from AFSCME 791, say the main sticking point is the city's request for an out-of-pocket increase in health insurance costs.

Workers say they are also worried about lower-than expected pay increases.

AFSCME spokespeople say three mediation sessions with the city council have been unsuccessful.

"The big part is on the split on the healthcare premium, it's too much we feel that it's too much for the wage that we make, so that's where the issue is, the wages and the insurance," John Sporer, Representative of AFSCME 791 said.

The union represents nearly all city workers except for administrators, police officers and firefighters.

The union strike could begin as soon as January 14th.