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University of Missouri System, Union Approach Mediation

UM System Pres. Tim Wolfe and his family will live in temporary housing for now.
UM System Pres. Tim Wolfe and his family will live in temporary housing for now.

The University of Missouri System will begin mediation with a labor union that represents service, maintenance and custodial employees. 

The university system and Laborers' International Union of North America Local 773 haven't reached an agreement since their contract expired at the end of August. University system spokesman John Fougere told The Columbia Daily Tribune Friday the mediation set for January 25th through 26th was mutually agreed upon.

The university implemented its most recent contract offer earlier this school year after the two groups couldn't reach a contract agreement.

Union members voted against that in September. As part of that proposal, the university changed union workers' pay model to a merit-based system in which pay increases are tied to employee evaluations. Union members previously worked under a system that tied pay increases to longevity of service.

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