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INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS PUBLIC AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEES’ UNION

LOCAL 320
Summer 2015 Edition

Volume XVIII - Issue #2

TEAMSTERS ON THE MARCH!

IN THIS ISSUE...

2. Secretary-Treasurer’s Report, Brian Aldes

3.
President Emeritus James R. Hoffa’s 1958 Letter to all Teamster

members, Locals, Joint Councils and Conferences

4.
President’s Report, Sami Gabriel

4.
Vice President’s Report, Curt Swenson

5.
Know Your Rights, Paula Johnston

5.
Recording Secretary’s Report, Craig Johnson

6.
Teamsters Service Bureau, Teamsters Credit Union, Teamsters

Privilege and Joint Council 32 D.R.I.V.E.

OFFICERS AND STAFF
Brian Aldes

Secretary-Treasurer and
Principal Officer
Sami Gabriel
President/Business Agent
Curt Swenson
Vice President/Business Agent
Craig Johnson
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 Hill
Bob Kolstad
Michael Kopp
Roger Meunier
Terry Neuberger
Vance Rolfzen
Erik Skoog

Communications | Lobbyist
Gus Froemke

Lead Organizer
Josh Intemann

Support Staff

Susan Bastian
Ron Phillips
Suzanne Slawson
Joni Spaulding
Kristi Ziegler
Katie Ziembo

Minneapolis, MN
Local Union Office
8:00am - 4:00pm
P: 612-378-8700
F: 612- 331-8948
1-800-637-5430

Online
www.teamsterslocal320.org
Email
local320@teamsterslocal320.org

LOCAL 320 SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT

BIG TEAMSTER CONTRACTS UP
By Brian Aldes

Teamsters Local

320 is in the process
of negotiating its
major labor contracts
with the State. Those
units include both
public university
systems, State Court Administration and
the Board of Public Defense.
The executive level state employees
reached a tentative contract agreement
on June 26, 2015. The deal includes a 2.5
percent raise effective July 1, 2015 plus
a 2.5 percent raise effective July 1, 2016.
There will be step increases for both years
of the contract. This agreement covers over
17,000 state employees.
We are looking for the same, similar or
even better with our Teamster contracts
and we will not relent. We won’t let workers
fall behind!
Both the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities System (MnSCU) and the
University of Minnesota received additional
monies for operations; however, neither
system reached their full funding request.
Minnesota’s public universities and colleges were shortchanged by the State Legislature and will have to raise tuition in order to
meet inflationary pressures. Please know
that the State Legislature had the power
and resources to fully fund Higher Ed but
failed to do so.
The Board of Public Defense and State
Court Administration were able to secure
a nine percent (9%) funding increase over
the 2016-2017 biennium.

Published by
Teamsters Local 320
3001 University Ave SE #500
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Because there wasn’t a tax bill during the
session no changes were made to Local
Government Aid (LGA) to cities or County
Program Aid (CPA) to counties.
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Education funding for public schools was
undoubtedly the most contested and controversial item before the State Legislature.
The Special Session was able to push a
deal between Governor Dayton and the
GOP-controlled House. The final budget
provides $525 million for funding increases:
$63 million will go toward the general
education funding formula, equaling a two
percent (2%) increase for each year of the
2016-2017 biennium. The remainder of
the funding increases will go toward early
learning scholarships and “School Readiness” programs.
The State of Minnesota continues to be
strong economically: Minnesota collected
$555 million more in taxes over the last
three months than state economists had
predicted in February as both individual
and corporate income turned out higher
than expected.
A strong state economy is good for Local
320’s membership as it provides not only
additional monies to state and local coffers,
but it provides a safety net for workers to
spend money.
Both the Minnesota and U.S. economy
are consumption based (consumer driven
economies) and perpetuated by consumer
activity. When workers have more disposable income they tend to make big and
lasting purchases that churn through the
economy creating additional demand for
goods and services. More money in workers’ pockets makes for a stronger economy
and a better Minnesota.
In closing, the State Legislature set up a
statewide alert system (Blue Alert) to catch
suspected police killers. Like the Amber
Alert to find children, the Blue Alert would
be used to get the public’s help to track
down a suspect when police officers are
killed or wounded.

JAMES R. HOFFA
(PRESIDENT EMERITUS)

“We should be opposed to bigotry and racial
discrimination at every turn...” -1958

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TEAMSTERS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
By Sami Gabriel

Teamsters Local 320 selected three union stewards to
attend this year’s Teamsters
Women’s Conference held
August 27-29 in Boston.

The three-day event consistently features an impressive program of speakers,
dozens of educational workshops and union-building activities.

The Teamsters Women’s conference is a great opportunity for Teamster sisters from Local 320 to network with
other Teamster sisters throughout the United States and
Canada.

Please join us in congratulating our stewards!

Teamster sisters are provided the opportunity to share
experiences, ideas and much more. It is our hope that our
Teamster Stewards will learn from other Teamster sisters
and bring back lots of knowledge and also provide their
own ideas to others!

Heather Ahern: 1st Judicial District
Marika Olivier: Crow Wing County
Leslie Hauge: Otter Tail County

We look forward to memorable lessons and empowerment for the more than 1,000 Teamster sisters expected
to attend!

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

HARD BARGAINING AT THE U OF M
By Curt Swenson

Below is an excerpt from the Teamster Bargaining
Team statement:

At the University of Minne-

sota, the Teamster Bargaining Team outright rejected
management’s opening wage
proposal of 0.75% C.O.L.A.
Please go to our web page for
the video statement from the
Bargaining Team at: www.teamsterslocal320.org

“The University brought to us an insulting proposal
of .75% per hour cost of living increase. We were
all appalled by the offer.
“We told the University the offer is insulting.
“0.75% equals about 12 cents per hour on average.

Both the Bargaining Team and myself were appalled by the opening offer. The University secured
an additional biennial total of $65.2 million from the
State Legislature and was provided the ability to
raise tuition by 1.8% each year. We know they have
more money in reserves and in separate operating
funds. We will not settle until we have a look at their
books!

“We know they can afford to treat us fairly.
“The University needs to know that its employees
are first class and they should be paid and treated
accordingly.
“The University needs to know that we are united in
our opposition to this insulting offer.”
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT IS A GARRITY WARNING?

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: GENERAL COUNSEL
By Paula Johnston

In Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967),

the United States Supreme Court held that “the
protection of the individual under the Fourteenth
Amendment against coerced statements prohibits
use in subsequent criminal proceedings of statements obtained under threat of removal from
office, and that it extends to all, whether they
are policemen or other members of our body
politic.” In other words, if a public employee
is compelled to produce information under
threat of discipline or discharge, that information cannot be used in the criminal prosecution of that individual employee.
When a public employer conducts an investigation into employment misconduct that may
involve criminal activity, it should provide the
employee a Garrity warning before questioning him or her. The warning should state that
the employee is being compelled to answer
the employer’s questions, and that if he or
she refuses the refusal could result in severe
discipline or discharge.

Even if the employer does not provide the warning,
the employee’s statements will still be protected so
long as the employer compelled the employee to
answer the questions. Since the Garrity right is constitutionally based, it cannot be waived or forfeited.
Generally, “compulsion” occurs when the employee
is threatened with
severe sanctions,
such as termination,
for failing to answer
questions from the
employer.
The Garrity right
should not be confused with blanket
immunity. Statements made during
the employment
investigation cannot
be used to prosecute the employee,
but if the investigating agency discovers the same
information in some other way the employee could still
face criminal charges.

RECORDING SECRETARY’S REPORT

REMEMBER 1934 PLAQUE UNVEILING
By Craig Johnson

On July 18

the Remember 1934 Committee, Local
120, other Teamster Locals
including 320, and various
other community and activist
groups met to unveil a permanent plaque to commemorate the strikers who fought
and died during the 1934 Teamsters Strike.
th

The plaque is at the very corner where on Bloody
Friday striker Henry Ness was shot and killed. Bob
Kolstad of Local 320 invocated the ceremony.

Left: Teamsters Local 320 members at unveiling ceremony.
Right: Tom Keegel, Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters addressed the crowd
at the unveiling ceremony.

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