MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The union representing about 6,000 janitors and security officers in the Twin Cities area has authorized a strike if necessary.

The union authorized the strike to protest proposed cuts to wages, full-time jobs and health care coverage.

Service Employees International Union Local 26 represents janitors and security guards who work for contractors, which are then hired by companies such as Target and U.S. Bank.

Union spokeswoman Kate Brickman says a work stoppage isn't imminent, but now workers could strike at a moment's notice.

David Duddleston is an attorney representing contractors who hire security officers. He says employers are bargaining in good faith.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Cleaners Association says it's also working toward a quick resolution.

Negotiations are scheduled to continue this week.

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