Teamsters Local 320 member Timothy Ross is being called a hero after he saved a woman and her child from a burning home while driving his daily mail delivery route for the school board. Watch the full story on KMSP!
Governor Mark Dayton talks about a projected billion dollar surplus for the state of Minnesota. He says he won’t formally make proposals until the February forecast, but he plans to eliminate three business to business taxes that were added last session and provide $205 million in tax relief to the middle class. Asked about bonding that could be used to build and repair infrastructure, Dayton mentioned that the roof on the west wing of the Governor’s residence two nights ago. He doesn’t use the west wing, but says if someone was in it at the time they would have been killed.
On Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013 Teamster Local 320 members testified at the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement on priority bill(s) H.F. No. 884, S.F. No. 998. The testimony from 911 Dispatchers, Ramsey County Probation and Hennepin County Security was profound and informative. It was well received by friend and foe alike.
H.F. No. 884, S.F. No. 998 expands the PERA Correctional Pension to include 911 Dispatchers, county-level Probation Officers and Hennepin County Security Officers.
The 2013 Annual Steward Seminar was an extraordinary success for all the Teamsters Local 320 Stewards in attendance. Over 150 Stewards attended and most incredibly 94 NEW Stewards attended. That tells me that Local 320 is reaching out to newer and younger members!
I participated in a panel discussion on how together we can build union strength at our workplaces. I discussed our communications program, our political and legislative program, our organizing program and the contract campaign process.
This year’s special guest was U.S. Senator Al Franken. He addressed the Stewards and educated us all on the importance of government. The crowd related as all Local 320 members are employed by the government at one level or another. Sen. Franken also described the devastation that the government shutdown caused in addition to the federal sequester. He promised to remain a champion for working people and to protect public employee pensions.
This year Local 320 had a keynote speaker: Teamsters International Vice President At-Large Al Mixon. Mixon is from Ohio where he is Secretary-Treasurer of Local 507 and Secretary-Treasurer to Teamsters Joint Council 41 and Assistant to Ohio Conference President. Mixon also chairs the Teamsters Black Caucus.
Al Mixon gave a real barnburner of a speech on the importance of Teamster membership; the fight to retain and advance collective bargaining rights; the quest for labor law reform and the importance of holding politicians accountable at all levels of government.
All Teamster Stewards left real winners that day, but Osseo Steward Jesse Phenow left with an IPAD!
Again it is Labor Day and Americans are happy for an extra day of rest and relaxation. Please join a Labor Day parade or picnic as proud Teamsters if you can spare the time. Labor Day is the union movement’s gift to the American people in honor of the American worker. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Local 320 encourages all working people, union or not, to enjoy Labor Day. Just remember that union workers have fought and died for the right to organize, for health and safety standards, for a living wage, for retirement security, and for Labor Day itself.
In 1894 immediately following the many deaths of striking workers and members of the American Railway Union at the hands of an armed military force during Chicago’s Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday. Then President Grover Cleveland signed the legislation into law a mere six days after the strike. Today the struggles continue for the basic right to organize into a union, safe working conditions and a livable wage.
In Los Angeles port truck drivers struck for union recognition and Teamster representation. The drivers walked the picket line in search of dignity and respect that they never got from their employers. Picketing outside Green Fleet System’s headquarters in Carson, Calif., they were joined by other Teamster brothers and sisters. A candlelight vigil led by port drivers and clergy kept spirits high with hopes that their prayers for justice and union rights will someday be answered.
So as you celebrate this well deserved holiday, please do not forget the struggles of working men and women of past and present.
First, in Section 1(a) sick leave has been expanded to include adult child, spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, or stepparent. Under Section 1(b), sick leave taken for care of adult child, spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, or stepparent can be limited by the employer to no less than 160 hours in any 12 month period. This section does not apply to absences due to illness or injury of a child.
Second, in Section 2, the commissioner of management and budget shall analyze and report to house and senate committees of labor and workplace issues on the impact on the usage of sick leave by employees of the executive branch of the state as a result of the amendments in Section 1. This report is to be done by August 1, 2014.
Statement from Teamsters Local 320 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer Brian Aldes on North Branch City Employees and City Essential Supervisors’ Union Organizing Victory
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“Today North Branch City Employees and City Essential Supervisors voted overwhelmingly to join Minnesota Teamsters Public and Law Enforcement Employees’ Union Local 320, ‘Teamsters Local 320.’
“We are proud to have the dedicated workers of North Branch join with our Union.
“During the last several years we have seen local governments in Minnesota suffer from economic recession, bad policies from past legislatures and declining revenues. Front-line workers have undoubtedly bore the brunt of hard times.
“North Branch employees decided not to accept hard times lying down. Instead, they took the initiative to organize their workplace and join with the powerful Teamsters Union.
“Going forward The City of North Branch and its employees will come together for the purpose of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement to serve all parties involved. We look forward to forging an acceptable agreement for the workers and citizens of North Branch.”