Sarah McKenzie

Ramp workers vote to unionize

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Pay hikes, parking rate hikes still uncertain

Cashiers working for Downtown's largest parking ramp employer, Municipal Parking Incorporated (MPI), voted for union representation earlier this month -- a move labor organizers say will put them on more equal footing with management.

MPI employs about 300 workers at city-owned lots. At the Dec. 2-3 election, parking ramp cashiers and office clerks voted to affiliate with Teamsters Local 120, which represents 8,500 public employees. The vote was 75-67.

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