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Teamster 320 Newsletter Spring 2011

Teamster 320 Newsletter Spring 2011

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Vlume XIV • Issue #1Spin 2011 Editin
The bttle is n t sve publi emplyee jbs, binin ihts,benets nd py. This issue  Ll 320 is dedited t publiemplyees thuhut Minnest nd Wisnsin.
Solidarity in Wisconsin
Fighting to Protect the Middle Class
Stop the 15% Public Employee Slash in Minnesota
2) Sue Mauren -War on Public Employees3) Real Scoop on PensionsPolar Plunge for Special Olympics4) Stop the Slash!5) Solidarity in Madison6) Correctional Officer of the YearHoffa Scholarship - APPLY NOW7) Stop the Slash ads
LocaL 320 offIcErS& STaffSue Muen
and Principal Ofcer
Jnne Deby
 President/Business Agent
Bin aldes
 Vice President/Business Agent
Sami Gabriel
 Recording Secretary/ Business Agent
Mi (Mty) Lmb
 Trustee, St. Paul ISD 625
rihd Wheele
 Trustee, MNSCU
alstn Duthin
 Trustee, U of M
Pul Jhnstn
 General Counsel
Ll 320 Business aents
  John AveryGregory BurnesMike CareyGeorge CejkaMike GolenLeland JohnsonMerl KingMike O’Donnell (O.D.)Tom PerkinsKari SeimeCurtis Swenson
Speil Pjets Diet
 Erik Skoog
Suppt St 
Susan BastianRon PhillipsSuzanne Slawson Joni SpauldingMarcia TorgersonKristi ZieglerKatie Ziembo
Minneplis, MN
Ll Unin oe
 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.P: 612-378-8700F: 612-331-8948
Tll fee
 Local320@teamsterslocal320.orgPublished ByTeamsters Local 3203001 University Ave. SE#500Minneapolis, MN 55414
LocaL 320 SEcrETarY-TrEaSUrEr’S rEPorT
War’s Been Declared on Public EmployeesFight Back at Stoptheslash.com
By Sue Mauren
We are at a critical point intime for America’s unionmembers. The war that hasbeen declared on publicemployees and our unions hasculminated with the line beingdrawn in the sand next door inWisconsin. Had it not been forour hard work in electing Mark Dayton as governor, wecould easily have found ourselves in the same situationin Minnesota.Typical public employee wages of $40,000 a year,or a pension of $1300 per month did not cause thiseconomic meltdown. But the real culprits, the WallStreet banks, have done a great job of laying theblame on dedicated public servants and their unions.This attack is a thinly veiled attempt at union bustingin the public sector. City, county, or university workcan’t be sent overseas to dodge unions as they are inthe private sector, so they needed a different scheme.The methods should not surprise us; it’s the old divideand conquer tactic of turning workers against eachother and our own economic interests. Instead of asking why workers should bear the brunt of a crisisnot of our making, workers are being lured intothinking that if they don’t have a pension or healthcare, no one should. Worker is being pitted againstworker, public employees against private, union versusnon-union, and the only ones benefitting are the WallStreet investors and the corporations who aremaking record profits.The American dream - the concept of each generationof workers faring a little bit better than the previous - isonly working for the wealthy and the corporations.As the economy gets tougher for the typical family,corporate profits are hitting record highs.The struggle in Wisconsin belongs to all of us. Weshould all be angry with politicians manipulating aneconomic crisis to destroy a standard of living and thevery unions who have fought to create it. As GeneralPresident Hoffa said in Madison, “The Teamsters Unionstands with the employees of Wisconsin. This is a battlefor all of labor, all working families, across the country.Page 2
“The Temstes Uninstnds with the emplyees Wisnsin. This is  bttle ll  lb, ll wkinmilies, ss the unty.”
-Teamsters General President Jim Hofaaddressing workers in Madison
Inside thepages of thisnewsletteryou will findimportantinformationabout what Local320 is doing tofight back, and what each member can do.At this critical point in time, we must stand upfor what is right. Members can do this by goingto our new web page at www.stoptheslash.comand visiting the International Union’s site at www.stopthewaronworkers.org.
By Sami Gabriel,
redin Seety/Business aent
On February 12, a group of people jumped inthe cold waters of Foster Arend Lake in Rochester.It is The Polar Bear Plunge that benefits SpecialOlympics Minnesota, hosted by Law Enforcementof Minnesota. There are 14 cold jump locationsaround the state. One of our own Local 320members is a “super plunger” who made 24 icy jumps in 24 hours. DaveHolm is a special education teaching assistant at Bridgeview School in theSt. Paul School District. He has been a teaching assistant for the past 24years and he currently works with children who are 7-10 years old.Dave started participating in the Polar Bear Plunge a few years ago andhas made 4 single jumps in Maple Grove and 2 multiple jumps. Thisyear was his second doing the super plunge, which means Dave jumpedinto the water 24 times in a 24 - hour period. It’s a grueling schedule andonly a few are hearty enough to go through with it. You also have to raisea minimum amount of money for Special Olympics to be eligible. Thisyear, Local 320 sponsored Dave to help him reach his fundraising goal of $3,000. The plungers in Rochester raised over $147,000 in 2011. He isone of 9419 jumpers state wide, but more impressive is he is one of onlyseven super plungers.Dave started jumping to check off one of his life goals on his personalbucket list. He now jumps because he is passionate about SpecialOlympics. Special Olympics services children and adults withintellectual disabilities in 17 sports. Minnesota has over 6,800 specialathletes, all of whom are encouragedto transform themselves by workingtogether with other athletes and thevolunteers who coach them. The SpecialOlympics have been around since1973 and the first polar bear plunge washeld in Como Lake in 1998 with 100 jumpers.Dave is a full-time teaching assistant. During his free time, he enjoysboating on the St. Croix River with family and friends and loves baseballwith his son and playing games with his daughter.Congratulations, Dave on your awesome fundraising skillsfor such a worthy cause!
St. Paul Teaching Assistant Takes The Plunge For Special Olympics
Local 320 member and super plunger Dave Holm (ar right in both photos)
Dve jumped int the wte 24 times in 24 - hu peid. It’s  uelin shedule,nd nly  ew e hety enuh t thuh with it.
Page 3
By Brian Aldes,
Vie Pesident/Business aent
Public employee pensions are all the talk thesedays. What’s the real scoop with Minnesota’spension systems?Our pensions differ from those in many states inthat public employees in Minnesota contributeto their pensions. The employee contribution isroughly equal to that of the employer in all three major systems: TeachersRetirement Association (TRA), Minnesota State Retirement System(MSRS), and the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). This isa very important point to make when defending our pension systems, asthe media would have Minnesotans believe that taxpayers alone arefunding our pensions.While the stock market decline in 2008 adversely affected Minnesota’spension systems, all three made great headway in addressing the shortfallwith reforms implemented during the 2010 legislative session. In orderto address shortfalls, changes were made that affect current and futureemployees, as well as those that are retired and receiving pensionbenefits. The Directors of all three systems are cautiously optimistic thatwith the 2010 legislative reform package and a rising stock market, allthree pensions are on a good path.Our pension benefits are not extravagant. In the Coordinated Plan, whichcovers 90 percent of PERAs active members and retirees, 62 percent oretirees receive less than $1,000 a month. The overall average pension is$1300 per month. Hardly the gravy train the press is portraying.More information about each pension system can be foundon their web sites.
The Real Scoop on Public Employee Pensions
The medi wuld hve Minnestnsbelieve txpyes lne e undin upensins.

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