U of M strike over; workers blink first

U of M administrators are no doubt breaking out the bubbly this afternoon.

Union negotiators decided today to end the more than two-week strike by clerical, technical and health care workers at the school, and to take the administration's offer to a vote of the membership. Union leadership is neither endorsing nor opposing the current offer.

Going into the strike, the union had demanded raises beyond the 2.25 and 2.5 percent annual increases offered by the school. But the school didn't budge. Instead, it has offered $300 lump-sum payments in each of the two years of the contract for all employees.

In other words--and it's hard to put this in other words--the strike was a failure.