Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MN Teamsters launch ad campaign defending government workers

Teamsters Local 320 in Minneapolis is fighting against a plan to slash government workers' jobs and salaries by 15 percent.

The local launched a print and radio ad campaign on Monday called StopThe Slash. Writes Local 320's secretary-treasurer, Sue Mauren,
On behalf of our members and all Minnesotans who depend on the dedicated law enforcement officers, fire fighters, university workers, plow drivers, teachers, social workers and county/municipal workers, we are launching a statewide advertising campaign to “Stop the 15% Slash.”
Over the next few weeks, full and ¼ page newspaper ads and 60-second radio spots will run in the Greater Minnesota markets of Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Brainerd and Bemidji. Newspaper ads will also run in the U of M’s Minnesota Daily.
Local 320 put up a website at StopTheSlash.com. It tells Minnesotans how they can contact their legislators to tell them they oppose the plan.

Minnesota workers are also fighting a right-to-work (for LESS) bill in the Statehouse. If lawmakers approve it, the measure could appear on the ballot in 2012.