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.