What's New at Teamsters 320
May 5, 2018
At Tuesday night’s Member Appreciation and General Membership Meeting, Teamsters Local 320 invited the Minnesota Disabled American Veterans (DAV MN) organization to address the more than 100 Teamsters. DAV Minneapolis Chapter Commander Jim Kline and Membership Chairman Joel James Schilling joined the meeting. Both DAV representatives spoke and discussed the various programs DAV MN provides to disabled veterans. Commander Kline informed the group that more women are in active duty than any other time in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. Many are returning home with disabilities from the “Global War on Terrorism” and DAV MN is working to meet the new challenge.
Teamsters Local 320 Secretary Treasurer Brian Aldes presented Commander Kline with a check for $1000 on behalf of the Local Union. Donated items were collected from Teamsters Local 320 members that will be turned into cash for DAV MN through its partnership with Savers Thrift Store Company.
If you want to know more about DAV MN please visit their website https://davmn.org
Local 320 secured a major victory for Teamster Brandon Derks who was denied by the Anoka Municipal Utility his journeyman pay. The labor agreement between the Teamsters and the City of Anoka is clear over how an employee as an apprentice and journeyman are paid.
Derks put in the time as an apprentice and completed his 12 months to become a journeyman, but the City failed to compensate him accordingly. A grievance was filed to make Derks whole under the labor agreement, but the City denied each grievance step. The Local 320 Executive Board voted unanimously to move the grievance to arbitration.
An arbitrator ruled the following:
The Grievant was in the bargaining unit as of November 16, 2015. As such, he could fairly be considered as a 12-month employee and was entitled to the “AFTER 12-MO.” rate when he moved to the “regular” wage scale. For these reasons this grievance is hereby sustained. The [City of Anoka] shall make the Grievant whole.
Teamsters Local 320 is happy to have the issue finally resolved after several months of back-and-forth with the employer. Brandon is now being properly compensated and will receive back pay for the time he worked as a journeyman prior to the arbitrator’s judgment.
Download: Local 320 April 2018.pdf
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.