What's New at Teamsters 320
Elk River, MN- Today over 50 Sherburne County workers packed the County Board meeting to protest healthcare contribution cuts proposed by the employer. The County’s healthcare proposal would result in a cumulative pay cut of $4,500 over a two-year period for workers on single coverage.
Brave workers took a stand and publicly voiced their concerns over this unnecessary power grab by the County. Four workers testified at the board meeting in opposition to the healthcare/ pay cuts. One-by-one these workers told their personal stories of struggle and adversity.
Teamsters Local 320 Communications Director Gus Froemke took to the podium and gave a brief statement to the County Board.
“Workers are concerned with this healthcare proposal and it appears to most people that the County is robbing Peter to pay Paul, says Froemke. “This proposal is unfair and unnecessary.”
As the County’s HR personnel rose to rebut the workers’ concerns by lecturing the group on the need for ‘competitiveness,’ the workers began to exit the boardroom en masse rather than listen to the scripted statement.
According to Teamster Steward Sue Koch, this is the most active she has ever seen her colleagues in her 19 years of service to the County. “I have never seen anything like it, says Koch. “Workers are finally fed up!”
On July 26, 2016 Sherburne County Health and Human Services workers will vote on whether to accept the County’s contract offer or to reject and strike.
Las Vegas, NV – The Teamsters Local 320 delegation to the 29th International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada played a pivotal role in the resolution process and with raising money for the “Breaking Barriers – Hope is Alive” foundation.
Breaking Barriers - Hope is Alive is a non-profit organization to specifically remember the lives of three Lake High School Graduates from Uniontown, Ohio: Tyler Bornstein, Zach Warner and Tyler Westbury. This organization was created by Shelly Bornstein and her sister, Laura Broyles, in Honor of Tyler Bornstein who was on an Academic and Golf Scholarship at Walsh University in Stark County. The goal of our non-profit is to bring awareness for the heroin epidemic sweeping across the Country.
Travis Bornstein, President of Teamsters Local 24 in Akron, spoke at the convention about the loss of his son Tyler to a heroin overdose. Tyler, an accomplished college student and athlete, became addicted to drugs after being prescribed pain medication for injuries. The foundation raised over $1.4 million from convention attendees whereas Local 320 was the first Teamster Local to pledge financial support. With Local 320 Executive Board approval, Secretary-Treasurer Brian Aldes took to the microphone after Travis Bornstein spoke to attendees and made a pledge. Prior to Aldes’ financial pledge, the IBT and the Graphic Communications Conference put forward formidable sums towards the Foundation, but Local 320 was the first independent Local to do so. After Aldes’ pledge on behalf of Local 320, hundreds of other Teamster Locals, Joint Councils, and Conferences followed suit.
Secretary-Treasurer Aldes also spoke in favor of a resolution calling for the IBT to continue organizing workers in the public sector. The Public Services Division of the IBT is the fastest growing and most dynamic International Division and the potential for continued growth and power are endless.