News Release 01.17.2020 TEAMSTERS LOCAL 320 DEMANDS ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESUME MEDIATION

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 320 DEMANDS ST. LOUIS COUNTY RESUME MEDIATION

County Commissioners Have a Public Safety Obligation to Bring the Union Back to the Bargaining Table

 (For immediate release 01.17.2020)

Floodwood, Minn.-

A winter storm warning has been reported as 6-9 inches of snow is expected to drop in the Duluth and surrounding areas with 6-8 inches across the Iron Range.

Striking plow truck drivers in St. Louis County hold firm to their convictions as they exercise their rights and freedoms to engage in a work stoppage against their employer for benefit parity with other county employees.

St. Louis County Commissioner and board chair Mike Jugovich visited with striking workers at the Floodwood public works facility today and told the workers he never wanted the tensions between St. Louis County and Teamsters Local 320 to get this far.

“I’m with you guys, and I want you back to work,” said Commissioner Jugovich to workers in Floodwood. “Please know that I’m doing everything I can to get the county negotiators back to the table with the Teamsters.”

Striking Teamsters stand with Commissioner Jugovich and demand that County Administrator Kevin Gray resume mediation with the union.

“Teamsters want the opportunity to do what we do best, keep our roads clear and safe,” says plow truck driver Cory Garden. “We want to make sure families across the county are safe to travel.”

“The folks out on the picket lines want to be working,” says Brian Aldes, Teamsters Local 320 Secretary Treasurer and Principal Officer. “Public safety is at risk and it’s now past time for the county to call the union back into mediation.”        

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Contact Brian Aldes 

Phone: 612/280/2609

Baldes@teamsterslocal320.org