Did you know that U.S. companies can currently receive a tax deduction for certain relocation costs when they move jobs overseas? At a time when the nation’s unemployment rate is still too high, why are we rewarding companies for shipping our jobs out of the country? It doesn’t make any sense!
Senators John Walsh of Montana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan are trying to right this wrong by introducing the Bring Jobs Home Act. If passed, U.S. companies that move jobs or business operations to America from other countries would receive a tax break, not the other way around. In fact, the tax loophole for companies that ship jobs overseas would be closed. These companies shouldn’t be rewarded any longer.
A vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act is expected in the Senate this week. Please email your Senators today and ask that they “Bring Jobs Home” by supporting this legislation. 
 —————————————————————————————————————-

Did you know that U.S. companies can currently receive a tax deduction for certain relocation costs when they move jobs overseas? At a time when the nation’s unemployment rate is still too high, why are we rewarding companies for shipping our jobs out of the country? It doesn’t make any sense!

Senators John Walsh of Montana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan are trying to right this wrong by introducing the Bring Jobs Home Act. If passed, U.S. companies that move jobs or business operations to America from other countries would receive a tax break, not the other way around. In fact, the tax loophole for companies that ship jobs overseas would be closed. These companies shouldn’t be rewarded any longer.

A vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act is expected in the Senate this week. Please email your Senators today and ask that they “Bring Jobs Home” by supporting this legislation. 

 —————————————————————————————————————-

The week of July 13th through the 19th is Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. It’s a time to recognize the correctional professionals who are responsible for supervising adult and juvenile offenders in the community. The duties of these men and women are essential to the criminal justice system and public safety, but there have been no presidential proclamations, ceremonies of note, or flag waving to honor these brave officers and personnel. They wear the forgotten badge.     
After an offender is convicted, depending on the particular conditions of sentencing, a probation or parole officer is assigned for the purpose of supervising the offender’s conduct in society.  According to the American Probation and Parole Association, 4,793,934 Americans are under the supervision of a community corrections program. The Minnesota Department of Corrections lists over 122,000 Minnesota offenders under community supervision. At the state level, 2,446 offenders are supervised for violent crime and 1,534 offenders are supervised for criminal sexual conduct.
Probation and parole officers supervise offenders through an array of methods in the form of home visits and searches, drug testing, counseling and coaching. When combative situations arise, probation and parole officers can use force to disarm or restrain an offender without relying on defense tools such as firearms or tasers. Safety is becoming an increasing concern as more Minnesota counties require probation and parole officers to wear bullet-resistant vests during contact with offenders.
Community supervision is a proven system that is less costly than incarceration as demonstrated by the continued decline in adult recidivism rates. Probation and parole officers should be treated with the same dignity and respect on the job and in retirement as other officers or personnel in law enforcement and corrections. For this week, let’s make a solid commitment to honor our probation and parole officers for the exceptional work they do for all of us every single day! 
Brian Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer 
 —————————————————————————————————————-

The week of July 13th through the 19th is Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. It’s a time to recognize the correctional professionals who are responsible for supervising adult and juvenile offenders in the community. The duties of these men and women are essential to the criminal justice system and public safety, but there have been no presidential proclamations, ceremonies of note, or flag waving to honor these brave officers and personnel. They wear the forgotten badge.     

After an offender is convicted, depending on the particular conditions of sentencing, a probation or parole officer is assigned for the purpose of supervising the offender’s conduct in society.  According to the American Probation and Parole Association, 4,793,934 Americans are under the supervision of a community corrections program. The Minnesota Department of Corrections lists over 122,000 Minnesota offenders under community supervision. At the state level, 2,446 offenders are supervised for violent crime and 1,534 offenders are supervised for criminal sexual conduct.

Probation and parole officers supervise offenders through an array of methods in the form of home visits and searches, drug testing, counseling and coaching. When combative situations arise, probation and parole officers can use force to disarm or restrain an offender without relying on defense tools such as firearms or tasers. Safety is becoming an increasing concern as more Minnesota counties require probation and parole officers to wear bullet-resistant vests during contact with offenders.

Community supervision is a proven system that is less costly than incarceration as demonstrated by the continued decline in adult recidivism rates. Probation and parole officers should be treated with the same dignity and respect on the job and in retirement as other officers or personnel in law enforcement and corrections. For this week, let’s make a solid commitment to honor our probation and parole officers for the exceptional work they do for all of us every single day! 

Brian Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer 

 —————————————————————————————————————-

Happy Independence Day from Teamsters Local 320!
 —————————————————————————————————————-

Happy Independence Day from Teamsters Local 320!

 —————————————————————————————————————-

Let’s congratulate our Joint Council 32 Keegel-Yates $2,000 2014 scholarship winners!
Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarship $500 2014 winners
1.       Troy Denneson

2.       Marc Schultz 
 —————————————————————————————————————-

Let’s congratulate our Joint Council 32 Keegel-Yates $2,000 2014 scholarship winners!

Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarship $500 2014 winners

1.       Troy Denneson

2.       Marc Schultz 

 —————————————————————————————————————-

The Teamsters Local 320 Welfare Trust Fund is a comprehensive dental and orthodontia plan.  The Plan has been run very efficiently over the years.  In fact, the Plan has made benefit improvements while keeping a hold on premium costs.
The Plan offers a single premium rate whether a participant is single or has dependents.
 Over the period of 2004 - 2016, the total premium increases are less than 1% annually overall.
The Plan uses Zenith American Solutions as the administrator, so our Employers simply mail the payment in and the rest is taken care of.

With a signed participation agreement with Teamsters Local 320, all employees are welcome to participate — both bargaining and non-bargaining units.
BENEFIT SUMMARY
The Plan’s Trustees are concerned about its participants’ dental health.  One benefit of the Plan that is different than most others is a $3,000 two-year dental maximum. That means a participant who requires extensive dental treatment can use the entire $3,000 in a single year.
 In addition, the Plan’s reimbursement rates are more generous than most:
 · Preventative Care  - 100%
· Basic Services - 100% (typically 80%)
· Endodontics, Periodontal & Oral Surgery -  90% (typically 50-80%)
· Major restorative - 80% (typically 50%)
A separate $1,500 Orthodontia benefit payable at 100%  for children from ages 8-18 
All of this adds up to lower out of pocket costs for employees and their families.
 If you have questions about Teamsters Local 320’s Dental Plan or you want to discuss offering the Plan to your employees, please contact Brian Aldes or Sami Gabriel at (612) 378-8700 or 1-800-637-5430
 —————————————————————————————————————-  

The Teamsters Local 320 Welfare Trust Fund is a comprehensive dental and orthodontia plan.  The Plan has been run very efficiently over the years.  In fact, the Plan has made benefit improvements while keeping a hold on premium costs.

The Plan offers a single premium rate whether a participant is single or has dependents.

 Over the period of 2004 - 2016, the total premium increases are less than 1% annually overall.

The Plan uses Zenith American Solutions as the administrator, so our Employers simply mail the payment in and the rest is taken care of.

With a signed participation agreement with Teamsters Local 320, all employees are welcome to participate — both bargaining and non-bargaining units.

BENEFIT SUMMARY

The Plan’s Trustees are concerned about its participants’ dental health.  One benefit of the Plan that is different than most others is a $3,000 two-year dental maximum. That means a participant who requires extensive dental treatment can use the entire $3,000 in a single year.

 In addition, the Plan’s reimbursement rates are more generous than most:

 · Preventative Care  - 100%

· Basic Services - 100% (typically 80%)

· Endodontics, Periodontal & Oral Surgery -  90% (typically 50-80%)

· Major restorative - 80% (typically 50%)

A separate $1,500 Orthodontia benefit payable at 100%  for children from ages 8-18 

All of this adds up to lower out of pocket costs for employees and their families.

 If you have questions about Teamsters Local 320’s Dental Plan or you want to discuss offering the Plan to your employees, please contact Brian Aldes or Sami Gabriel at (612) 378-8700 or 1-800-637-5430

 —————————————————————————————————————-  

Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!
Brothers and sisters, 
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 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!
In solidarity,
Brian Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer
—————————————————————————————————————-  

Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!

Brothers and sisters, 

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 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!

In solidarity,

Brian Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer

—————————————————————————————————————-  

Teamsters Local 320 held its spring 2014 membership meeting and invited Representative Debra Hilstrom to address the meeting. Secretary-Treasurer Brian Aldes discussed the 80th Anniversary of the 1934 Teamsters Strike, 2014 Lowell D. Lynch Scholarship awards and the Local 320 strategic plan.

—————————————————————————————————————-  

Teamsters Local 120 with support from the Unions of Joint Council 32 cordially invite you to join us at a rally/picnic to commemorate the events of the 1934 Teamster strike. We will provide food, beverages and speakers.
The event will be held on July 19th, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Boom Island in Minneapolis. Plenty of free parking will be available. After the rally/picnic (approximately 3:00 p.m.), we will shuttle members to a staging area near the Star Tribune and march to the site of Bloody Friday at the intersection of 3rd St. and 6th Ave.
A street festival at the site will begin at 4 p.m. put on by the Remember 1934 Committee. We will also be shuttling people from the street festival back to Boom Island.
Family Picnic: Sunday, July 20th, 12:00 p.m. Minnehaha Park, Wabun Picnic Area
—————————————————————————————————————- 

Teamsters Local 120 with support from the Unions of Joint Council 32 cordially invite you to join us at a rally/picnic to commemorate the events of the 1934 Teamster strike. We will provide food, beverages and speakers.

The event will be held on July 19th, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Boom Island in Minneapolis. Plenty of free parking will be available. After the rally/picnic (approximately 3:00 p.m.), we will shuttle members to a staging area near the Star Tribune and march to the site of Bloody Friday at the intersection of 3rd St. and 6th Ave.

A street festival at the site will begin at 4 p.m. put on by the Remember 1934 Committee. We will also be shuttling people from the street festival back to Boom Island.

Family Picnic: Sunday, July 20th, 12:00 p.m. Minnehaha Park, Wabun Picnic Area

—————————————————————————————————————- 

This week Teamsters Local 320 recognizes and congratulates all peace officers and especially members of the Minnesota Teamsters Law Enforcement League (MNTLEL). 
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

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.

The sworn men and women of law enforcement are some of the most courageous and determined individuals on the planet. They save lives, protect our communities, and ensure our safety. From time to time we take these brave men and women for granted—which is always wrong, but happens nonetheless. So for Police Week let’s make a solid commitment to honor our sworn law enforcement officers for the exceptional work they do for all of us every single day!
In solidarity,
Brian Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer 
—————————————————————————————————————-  

This week Teamsters Local 320 recognizes and congratulates all peace officers and especially members of the Minnesota Teamsters Law Enforcement League (MNTLEL)

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

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.

The sworn men and women of law enforcement are some of the most courageous and determined individuals on the planet. They save lives, protect our communities, and ensure our safety. From time to time we take these brave men and women for granted—which is always wrong, but happens nonetheless. So for Police Week let’s make a solid commitment to honor our sworn law enforcement officers for the exceptional work they do for all of us every single day!

In solidarity,

Brian Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer 

—————————————————————————————————————-  

Please thank Teamsters Local 320 Steward Jim Gelhar for his service! Teamsters are grateful for his solidarity and commitment to his department and our union. 

—————————————————————————————————————-  

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. The second full week of May we honor the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.  
In solidarity,
Brian Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer
—————————————————————————————————————-  

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. The second full week of May we honor the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.  

In solidarity,

Brian Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer

—————————————————————————————————————-  

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.
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!”  
In solidarity,
Brian Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer
—————————————————————————————————————-  

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.

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!”  

In solidarity,

Brian Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer

—————————————————————————————————————-  

Please thank the Norman County Sheriff’s Deputy who risked his life for his community. Teamsters Local 320 honor him and his department! 
—————————————————————————————————————-

Please thank the Norman County Sheriff’s Deputy who risked his life for his community. Teamsters Local 320 honor him and his department! 

—————————————————————————————————————-

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 over 20 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.
In solidarity,            
Brain Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer
—————————————————————————————————————-  

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 over 20 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.

In solidarity,            

Brain Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer

—————————————————————————————————————-