In the middle of winter, snowplow drivers in northeast Minnesota county go on strike

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Union snowplow drivers are set to strike Wednesday in northeastern Minnesota’s St. Louis County as snow moves into the area.

Teamsters Local 320 posted on Facebook that union negotiators and members decided to engage in a county-wide work stoppage.

The local’s chief negotiator posted that the strike began at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Union members voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to reject the county’s final contract offer. The drivers could have gone on strike as early as Tuesday.

County officials have a contingency plan to keep roads plowed.