What's New at Teamsters 320
Lobby Day is an event for Teamsters Local 320 members to advance the Union’s legislative objectives at the State Capitol. Members are to educate lawmakers on the importance of Teamster professions which are vital to the State’s education, public safety, criminal justice system, social services, transportation, retirement system, and overall economy.
Any Teamsters Local 320 member can RSVP for Lobby Day.
It is our goal for each Lobby Day participant to meet with both their representative and senator. When a member RSVPs for Lobby Day, Local 320 will contact the corresponding legislators to set up meetings. Local 320 will also schedule meetings with important committee chairs.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 8:00 AM.
Teamsters Local 320 News Release
North Branch Area Public Schools Board Members Vote to Harm Students and Parents
On Thursday, March 8th School Board Members Voted to Outsource Bus Services, Lay-off Teachers and Staff
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North Branch Area Public School Board Members voted Thursday evening to decimate their bus services, lay-off teachers and staff. Over 50 bus driver positions are set to be outsourced and teachers and staff positions have been slashed due to declining enrollment.
Teachers, students, and staff pleaded with school board members for over two hours to keep their bus services, foreign language instructors, and support staff for special needs students.
“In a disgraceful show of arrogance, four of the six school board members voted to harm students and parents by outsourcing bus services and laying-off teachers and staff,” says Brian Aldes, Teamsters Local 320 Secretary Treasurer. “Superintendant Dr. Deb Henton was dishonest in her testimony to both the community and the school board as she mistestified over and over again that she couldn’t fill bus driver positions or that she sought real input from the staff.”
In 2017, North Branch Area Public Schools sought and attained a $70 million referendum to refurbish school facilities to attract new students and reverse enrollment decline. Teachers and staff were critical in the community outreach and support needed to secure such a large referendum.
“What North Branch Area Public Schools did with its slash and burn agenda has made enrollment less attractive to students who desire foreign languages, parents with special needs students, and they put bus safety in jeopardy,” says Aldes.
The vote that took place on March 8th can be reversed and Teamsters Local 320 will make every attempt to protect the careers of its dedicated members who drive school bus every single day!
Hundreds rallied at the Minnesota Capitol for the Working People's Day of Action to support unions and protest the attack on labor represented by the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court Case.
Kellie has worked as a nurse for four and a half years. She’s also studying to get her masters degree in nursing education at Bethel University, thanks to a scholarship she received through her union.
In Kellie’s view, the primary goal of all nurses is to protect their patients from harm. When she works at the hospital, Kellie focuses on helping patients back to health so they can return to their families and careers.
As a union member, Kellie has the stability she needs to give support to her patients. Kellie’s hospital has hundreds of nurses–joined together, they have a strong voice in the hospital. That means she feels safe bringing up concerns about patient care to her manager without fear of repercussions or backlash. Because of her union, Kellie can keep her focus where it belongs: caring for her patients.
Maureen is a 911 dispatch supervisor for the city of Minneapolis and a member of Teamsters Local 320. Every day, she assists Minnesotans in crisis over the phone. What keeps her coming back to her job is the chance to help people.
As a union member, she feels a sense of solidarity with other medical workers that she never felt in prior jobs. Most importantly, Maureen is secure knowing that her sons, 14-year-old Damien and 3-year-old Miles, are taken care of thanks to her union benefits. At work, Maureen feels able to focus on the people in crisis on the other end of the line. Being part of a union gives her the support she needs to deal with life’s unexpected challenges–on the job and off.
Today, Feb. 20, is the first day of the 2018 legislative session in St. Paul and Teamsters Local 320 is monitoring important legislation for Minnesota’s public employees.
We are keeping tabs on next week’s February Economic Forecast on Wednesday the 28 – we are hoping for a positive outcome with state money to spend on our schools, higher education, and pensions. After the budget forecast, we can anticipate supplemental budget recommendations from Governor Dayton.
If the budget forecast is bleak, we can then expect very minor adjustments in spending for our priorities and little to no movement on supplemental budget recommendations. However, we have heard that a projected surplus in the short-term is possible even though last November’s economic forecast estimated a long-term structural deficit.
The biggest item on our agenda is public employee pensions and protecting the Defined Benefit Pension or traditional pension plan. We know that the MSRS, PERA, and TRA boards of trustees are working diligently to address the underfunding issues with some of the plans. There are proposed solutions to fix plans that are underfunded without moving away from a traditional pension. Unfortunately, there are also some legislators who want to use any funding issue with the plans to move towards a 401k-type retirement plan for new hires in the public sector.
We are also determined to address the issues with McKenna’s Law and the unintended strain it has caused our court system and assistant public defenders.
We are working to ensure first responders receive post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) presumption under the Minnesota’s Work Comp laws and heart attack coverage for county correctional officers. Currently the law provides for heart attack coverage for state correctional officers only. We hope that this item will be perceived as a straightforward and necessary fix.Lastly, we are monitoring the state contracts for AFSCME and MAPE that were rejected by the Joint Committee on State Employee Relations or JSER. Teamsters Local 320 has a contract for its MSUAASF bargaining unit that must also move through the JSER committee. The attacks on state contracts are harming thousands of state employees here in Minnesota. We are working with both political parties to get these contracts passed and we will continue to fight for the rights of all Minnesota workers!