What's New at Teamsters 320
Local 320's battle with the University of Minnesota regarding its application of the sick leave attendance policy continues, and the pressure the union is putting on the U is working. The first attendance policy discipline arbitration was scheduled to be heard on August 19th. Two days before the hearing, the U gave up and agreed to rescind the discipline. This is a major victory for the union and the membership!
The Local is continuing the fight for the many other members that have been the victims of the U's unfair application of the sick leave policy. The next arbitration is in the process of being scheduled, and there are many other grievances being processed.
No member should be disciplined for legitimately using sick leave, and the union will keep up this fight until the U completely surrenders and agrees to stop disciplining members for using their contractually earned benefits.
Sherburne County Health and Human Services Workers Accept Final Contract Offer
County Ended Negotiations And Workers Were Left With Difficult Decision
Elk River, MN - Sherburne County Health and Human Services workers voted by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday, July 26 to accept the County’s final offer. The new health insurance contributions that cut into single carriers the greatest will be implemented.
“When the County made its final offer we were left with very little room to maneuver and no good options,” says Sami Gabriel Teamsters Local 320 President and Chief Negotiator. “The workers voted their conscience and elected not to strike, but the County must be held accountable for their bully tactics.”The workers voted to accept the County’s offer after a major display of force on July 12, 2016 at the Sherburne County board meeting. Workers carried signs into the meeting and provided testimony to the County Board. The workers come away as a stronger group and will be receiving full back pay as part of the agreement.
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.