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Fall|Winter Newsletter

Fall|Winter Newsletter

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Teamsters Local 320 Newsletter fall|Winter 2013.
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LOCAL
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS PUBLIC AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEES’ UNION
320
Fall | Winter 2013 EditionVolume XVI - Issue #4
CONTINUED CONFIDENCE
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 320 EXECUTIVE BOARD RE-ELECTED AFTER OUTSTANDING STEWARD SEMINAR
 
 LOCAL 320 SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT
OUTSTANDING STEWARD SEMINAR
Page 2
By Brian Aldes
T
his year’s annual steward seminar was outstanding! Over 150 stewards attended and most incredibly 94
NEW
 stewards attended. It demonstrates how Local 320 is reaching newer and younger members!I participated in a panel discussion on how together we can build union strength at our workplaces. I discussed our communica-tions program, our political and legislative program, our organizing program and the contract campaign process. This year’s special guest was U.S. Sena-tor Al Franken. He addressed the stewards and educated us on the importance of government. The crowd related as all Local 320 members are employed by the govern-ment at one level or another. Sen. Franken also described the devastation that the government shutdown caused in addition to the federal sequester. He promised to remain a champion for working people and to protect public employee pensions.Our keynote speaker was Teamsters Inter-national Vice President At-Large Al Mixon. Mixon gave a real barnburner of a speech on the importance of Teamster member-
ship; the ght to retain and advance collec
-tive bargaining rights; the quest for labor law reform and the importance of holding politicians accountable. It brings me great happiness to report that
all Ofcers and Trustees of Teamsters
Local 320 were re-elected by white ballot. “White ballot” meaning the current Execu-tive Board was unopposed. On behalf of myself and the Executive Board, I want to thank all Local 320 members for your con-
tinued condence in our leadership.
OFFICERS AND STAFF
Brian Aldes
Secretary-Treasurer and
 Principal Ofcer 
Joanne Derby
President/Business Agent
Sami Gabriel
Vice President/Business Agent
Curt Swenson
Recording-Secretary/Business  Agent
Marcia (Marty) Lamb
Trustee, St. Paul ISD 625
Richard Wheeler 
Trustee, MSUAASF
Alston Dutchin
Trustee, U of M
Paula Johnston
General Counsel
Local 320 Business Agents
 Amy HillCraig JohnsonLeland JohnsonMichael KoppRoger Meunier Terry Neuberger Vance RolfzenKari SeimeErik Skoog
Communications | Lobbyist
Gus Froemke
Support Staff 
Susan BastianRon PhillipsSuzanne SlawsonJoni SpauldingKristi Ziegler Katie Ziembo
Minneapolis, MN
 Local Union Ofce
8:00am - 4:00pmP: 612-378-8700F: 612- 331-8948
Toll Free1-800-637-5430Onlinewww.teamsterslocal320.orgEmaillocal320@teamsterslocal320.orgPublished by Teamsters Local 3203001 University Ave SE #500Minneapolis, MN 55414
If you follow my blog on the Teamsters Local 320 website you know I have been reporting a lot on the happenings at the Minnesota Pension Commission. There is a subject of great concern to Local 320 and it involves what is referred to as “pension spiking.”“Pension spiking” refers to the increase in
pension benets by substantially increas
-ing the Final Average Salary (FAS or “High Five”) beyond what is normally expected from normal salary increases. The most common example of spiking is substantially
increase pay during the nal years of a
member’s career through pay increase, job change or overtime. Members only pay in a few years of high contributions yet achieve
a lifetime of higher pension benets.
 Although “pension spiking” is not a wide-spread issue, it has been regarded by
actuaries as harmful to the nancial health
of the plan.The Pension Commission has decided to continue studying the issue of “pension spiking” and before any action is recom-mended they shall investigate exactly who has been involved in the act and what the cumulative results demonstrate.
 
BUILDING STRENGTH FROM WITHIN
Page 3
LOCAL 320 VICE PRESIDENT’S/ DRIVE REPORTBy Sami Gabriel
T
he theme for this year’s steward seminar was
building strength from within
. The work-shop was facilitated by Rebecca Hanscom, Central Region Coordi-nator, for the IBT. The workshop was very interactive and drew from the experiences of participants. Stew-ards were asked the following question:“I am a proud member of Teamsters Local 320 because:
“During the rst year at
my job, management created policy direc-tives that violated our contract. There was also constant bullying towards union mem-bers. Once I became a steward we made things better and we now have regular labor-management meetings.” -Joshua Loahr, Dakota County“It’s about job security,
wages, benets and
strength in numbers.” -Brenda Zamlen, St. Cloud State University“I grew up in a Union family (Carpenters/Joiners). I saw what happened when many Unions were busted in the 80’s. It had a negative impact on my family. Economically it resulted in frequent layoffs, lower wages,
substandard benets,
and overall poor qual-ity of life. My Union gives me the ability to negotiate a better life for myself and my fam-ily.” -Eric Thompson, Dodge County
Many Local 320 stewards participated in the exercise and Local 320 is happy to provide some of the names and quotes we received from the workshop. Undoubtedly, Teamsters come from diverse backgrounds, hold many different occupa-tions with many divergent perspectives, but one thing we can all agree on is this: We’re all proud members of Teamsters Local 320 and without our Union and labor contracts we would not have any rights on the job! 
“Our Union ensures we have a voice. Local 320 allows workers to voice their concerns without fear of losing their jobs.” -Jefferson Lee, Southwest Minne-sota State University “Salaries are 30% higher in Minnesota than Right-to-Work FOR LESS North Dakota!” -Douglas Langer,University of Minnesota

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