This Memorial Day Weekend I want to send greetings and best wishes to all Local 320 families. If provided the opportunity, I encourage you to take some time to enjoy the holiday. Always remember that Memorial Day is not just about long weekends, picnics or barbeques, or welcoming the summer months—it’s about honor and sacrifice.
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces—those who fought and died for our freedoms and our way of life. The men and women who served our Nation’s military and continue to serve warrant immense admiration from every single citizen of this great country.
Teamsters Local 320 will never forget the sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform. We stand in solidarity with those who fight for our freedoms and we shall do so forever!
Published on May 21, 2013 by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM) to highlight the importance of electing middle-class majorities last November and reminds Minnesotans what the 2013 legislative session could have looked like had the Tea Party retained control of the legislature.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
I could now describe the countless statistics regarding the high volume of law enforcement injury and death caused by the job, but I prefer to recognize the significant contributions that peace officers make every day. This week three Beltrami County Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputies, and MNTLEL members, are to be recognized by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS AWARDS for bravery in the field. All peace officers are unique in the way that they rush into danger as most other people desperately avoid it. There is something truly special about the courage it takes to be in law enforcement.
Please join with Teamsters Local 320 in observing National Police Week and spare a moment to reflect on those who serve and protect our communities.
In 1984, President Ronald Regan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers Week”.
[In recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 132, has designated the week beginning May 6, 1984, as “National Correctional Officers Week,” and authorized and requested the President to issue an appropriate proclamation.]
Teamsters Local 320 supports National Correctional Officers Week, and we encourage all Teamsters to observe this week with adoration for the men and women who work in our nation’s prisons and jails. Corrections is no easy profession: many times it is dangerous, physically and emotionally challenging. But the men and women charged with protecting society from suspected and convicted criminals take their duties seriously.
As a former correctional officer I personally know how hazardous the duties of correctional personnel can be. I have seen the dangers associated with supervising violent offenders.
Teamsters Local 320 proudly represents local correctional officers and personnel throughout the state of Minnesota. This week we honor the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.
Every year on April 28, the American labor movement recognizes Workers Memorial Day as a time to remember those who have suffered and died on the job. This year Minnesotans lost St. Paul Police Officer Josh Lynaugh and Teamsters Local 638 UPS driver Keith Basinski to job-related deaths. We mourn for their families and honor their legacies.
Workers Memorial Day is also a time to reflect on America’s job safety and how the labor movement achieved the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). In 2010 President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation in observance of Workers Memorial Day, recognizing the workplace protections won by generations of workers throughout the years and committing his administration to ensuring the health and welfare of those who are on the job today.
President Obama has proclaimed April 28 as Workers Memorial Day:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 28, as Workers Memorial Day. I call upon all Americans to participate in ceremonies and activities in memory of those killed or injured due to unsafe working conditions.
Please join me in remembrance of those who have suffered injury or died on the job and know Teamsters Local 320 will keep up the fight. Like the legendary trade union leader Mother Jones said: “Mourn for the dead, fight like hell for the living!”
The second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. This concept was envisioned by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office in 1981, but was not nationally recognized until 1994. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced H.J. Res. 284 to create “National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.”
President Bill Clinton set forth Proclamation 6667:
America’s public safety telecommunicators serve our citizens daily in countless ways. The work of these “unseen first responders” is invaluable in emergency situations, and each of these dedicated men and women deserves our heartfelt appreciation […]
The Congress, by Public Law 103–221, has designated the week beginning April 11, 1994, as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week.
Teamsters Local 320 is fortunate to represent 21 bargaining units of public safety telecommunicators throughout the state of Minnesota. Simply put, the actions of these agile men and women save lives. They support local police, fire, and EMTs who use public safety telecommunications to swiftly respond to emergency calls.
On the second full week of April our Local Union recognizes the difficult and daring work of public safety telecommunicators and we enthusiastically support National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
On April 6, 2012, Beltrami County Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputies David Brook, Jamie Scherf and Anthony (Tony) Petrie responded to a 911 alert at Clearwater Lake located 30 miles from Bemidji, MN. It was reported that four victims had been thrust from a sailboat due to very strong winds. The ice had receded from the lake but water temperatures remained around 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Upon arrival, Deputies Brook and Petrie located an adult male who had been on the sailboat and informed the Deputies that his three sons, ages 8, 6, and 2, were still in the ice cold water. Deputy Brook entered the lake and retrieved the 2-year old and performed CPR in order to resuscitate the child.
Deputy Scherf and a first-responder commandeered a boat and rowed out to collect the other two children from the lake. Deputy Scherf began immediate CPR on both children as each was brought aboard the boat. Once on shore, Deputies Scherf and Petrie carried the children to the awaiting ambulances. During the entire incident Deputy Petrie was in control of the situation and coordinated the law enforcement and EMS response until supervisors arrived.
I am so very proud that these three heroes are Teamsters and members of the Minnesota Teamsters Law Enforcement League, MNTLEL. They have honored their Union, their employer, their state and their country. From their bravery, Deputies Petrie, Brook and Scherf have received “Honorable Mentions” from the National Association of Police Organizations: NAPO. These three Deputies will attend the Twentieth Annual NAPO TOP COPS AWARDS in Washington DC on May 12 to represent Teamsters Local 320 and MNTLEL.
Please join me in thanking these heroic Deputies for their courage and quick actions.