Erik has a long and extensive Teamster background spanning over two decades. He started his Teamster career in Local 120 as a freight driver for USF Holland and soon was elected union steward. In 2000, he was elected to Local 120’s executive board and served as a trustee and was a strike captain during a national freight strike. Shortly after, he was hired as a full-time organizer and later Director of Organizing for Local 120. His crowning achievement came when he, along with his staff, organized over 180 Minneapolis parking ramp attendants. In 2009, Erik brought his passion and experience to Local 320 when then Secretary Treasurer Sue Mauren hired him as the Local Union's Special Projects Director and later as a business agent.
When asked about his past, he cites his pride of being part of an executive board with then IBT General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel and growing up in a Teamster household. Erik’s dad Byron was a Teamster at Murphy Motor Freight in the 60’s and early 70’s and later a proud member of Local 320. Erik mentions that his dad was extremely outspoken in the workplace which would sometimes get him into trouble, “Whenever I speak with a member or represent them in a disciplinary meeting, I always think of my dad and picture him. It’s hard not to fight your heart out for your dad” said Skoog. Two of Erik’s sons have also gone on to work as Teamsters at UPS during their college days with one coming up on his five-year anniversary as a Local 638 member; his older brothers have had long Teamster jobs in the freight industry as well. Last, Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration along with a double minor in communications and psychology.
Over the course of the past ten years, Erik has represented Local 320 members in school districts, cities, and counties, ranging from the south end of the metro through central Minnesota and for the past seven years have been domiciled in Duluth representing members across the Iron Range and all the way to the Canadian border. Erik is known as a true fighter for all Teamsters and can be openly abrasive when management treats his members with disrespect. His experience and demeanor has earned him a reputation of strength, fairness, and honesty among members and employers while producing some of the best contracts in Local 320.
Erik is proud of his accomplishments as an organizer and business agent and looks forward to and is honored to serve Local 320’s membership as Recording-Secretary, his door is always open and he can always be reached on his cell phone at 612-581-9873.