12th Annual PATCH GOLF FUNDRAISER

The 12th annual Patch Golf Fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, August 26th.

Please download the 2014 PATCH Flyer for full details.

PATCH 2012 Pictures

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Pictures from the Picnic

Brian Hagberg

Gene Hottinger and Bob Hanson

Herbert Hanson and His Grandchildren

John VanNeureun and Kim VanNeureun

Hyatt Hurts

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters,

Housekeepers nationwide need your help. If you’ve ever stayed at a Hyatt and had a good night’s sleep, you have a housekeeper to thank for your fresh sheets and fluffed pillows. But invisible to hotel guests is the pain and hardship that housekeepers endure to provide us with an atmosphere of comfort and luxury.

That’s why Hyatt housekeepers have launched a global boycott of Hyatt. Please take two seconds to support them by voting Hyatt the Worst Hotel Employer in America at votehyattworst.org

Why is Hyatt the worst? Hyatt has replaced career housekeepers with temp workers earning minimum wage. Hyatt housekeepers have heavy workloads that can lead to debilitating pain and injuries. Hyatt has fired women shortly after they have spoken out about abuse and indignities at work. And Hyatt even turned heat lamps on workers protesting these conditions during a brutal Chicago heat wave.

Worldwide, we are calling on two million people to take a stand and Vote Hyatt Worst. By joining together, we will urge Hyatt to change its ways.

Hyatt Hurts! They’re the Worst! For more information please visit www.hyatthurts.org.

Thank you.

4th Annual STAR Program

This year’s 4th Annual IUPAT District Council 82 STAR Program was held on June 24th, 2012 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, MN. We had a wonderful turnout and a beautiful day for our event. We had 2 grand prizes, a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pick-up truck and a 2012 Ford F-150 pick-up truck. The winner of the Chevrolet pick-up was Local 1324 member, Craig Swanson and the winner of the Ford pick-up was Local 61 member, Rajendrakumar Raval. District Council 82 gave away various other prizes including a Lund 1600 Fury boat with a 25 HP Mercury motor with a Shorelander trailer, a 2012 Polaris Sportsman ATV, several get-a-way packages, event tickets, and many gift cards, just to name a few. We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our 2012 qualifying members and we hope for an even bigger turnout next year.

 

Pictures from the Picnic

Brian Hagberg

 

Gene Hottinger and Bob Hanson

Herbert Hanson and His Grandchildren

John VanNeureun and Kim VanNeureun

Lodging Tax to Help Pay for Civic Center Expansion Lodging Tax to Help Pay for Civic Center Expansion

Originally Reported By ABC 6 News – Click Here to Read Article and View Video.

(ABC 6 News) — Rochester officials have been working on the Mayo Civic Center expansion for years. In the coming weeks, legislators will vote on this year’s bonding bill.

Among the hundreds of proposed projects is the civic center expansion, but the state is only expected to pay for half.

The rest would have to come from Rochester itself. On Tuesday city officials held a town hall meeting to hear the public’s input.

“It’s a large project. It’s a $77.1 million project,” Brad Jones of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau explains.

Bonding would pay for $35 million of that cost. The rest would come from local sources. Originally the plan was to increase the sales taxes on both restaurants and hotels by 1%.

However, the latest plan would only affect the hotels, but would increase the tax by 3%.

That simple tax change was made in order to take some of this tax responsibility off of the residents and put it on some of the visitors to Rochester.

The thought process is since they’re the ones using it, they should be the ones to pay for it. Despite these changes, the plan received constant scrutiny from a handful of residents.

“You tell us how wonderful this is going to be, but there is the other side,” one resident says.

But for every opponent, a supporter quickly responded.

“I don’t want to see the money go to Duluth. I don’t want to see it go to St. Cloud. You have the opportunity to take the money here like the gentleman said. It’s bonding money. There’s going to be money coming from hotels. I think you got an excellent opportunity here,” another resident explained.

The expansion was also getting support from many hotel, restaurant and bar owners. Many say the civic center expansion is worth the investment.

Tuesday’s public input session was only the first of two town hall meetings the city has planned. The 2nd will take place March 6th at 6:00 PM.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and Shakopee Construction Firm Reach Settlement on Benefits Dispute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECEMBER 22, 2011

CONTACT:  Terry Nelson, 651-224-5480

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On November 9, 2011, representatives of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 82 and RTL Construction of Shakopee reached a significant settlement on allegations that RTL Construction failed to pay employee benefits according to contract.  RTL President Michael Larson and employee Jeffrey Rensch were also named in the lawsuit.

“We are pleased that we were able to settle this matter for our members without undergoing a lengthy and costly trial,” said Terry Nelson, business manager/secretary-treasurer of the IUPAT District Council 82, one of the unions that represents the RTL employees.  “We look forward to putting this dispute behind us and working with RTL, and the rest of our employer partners, on creating more jobs for the working men and women of Minnesota.”

In November 2009, the IUPAT and the trustees of the organization’s apprenticeship, pension and health care funds filed claims in federal court that RTL Construction, Larson, and Rensch underreported hours worked by RTL’s employees with the intent to pay less in associated fringe benefits.

The agreed-upon public disclosure from the settlement provides: “(a) Defendants deny any and all liability associated with the claims made by the Trustees in this Federal Court Action; (b) the Trustees’ claims, inclusive of attorneys’ fees and costs, were resolved to the Parties’ mutual satisfaction, which included Defendants’ payment of monetary compensation to the Trustees in excess of One Million Dollars; and (c) the Parties look forward to working together in the future.”

IUPAT BMST Terry Nelson is available for further comment and interview. Contact him at 651‐224‐5480.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents over 3,500 men and women in the Finishing Trades of drywall finishing, painting, glazing, sign and display in Minnesota and North Dakota. Learn more at www.iupat82.org and www.IUPAT.org.

Drywall firm owner gets 2 year-term for cheating labor

DAN BROWNING, Star Tribune

The U.S. Department of Labor wants employers to take note of what happened this week to the owner and president of Franklin Drywall in Little Canada.

Philip Joseph Franklin, 49, of Leesburg, Va., was sentenced Thursday in St. Paul to two years in a federal prison for providing a false statement to two labor union pension and benefit funds as part of his scheme to underpay employees for overtime and short the union for pension and benefit contributions.

Federal prosecutors also asked the court to order Franklin to pay nearly $3.3 million in restitution. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said he’d consider the request and rule later.

“This sentencing shows that the Labor Department is committed to ensuring that justice is served for those who steal from their workers,” James Purcell, acting regional director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration office in Kansas City, said in a statement. “We continue to aggressively investigate those who steal from plan participants and their beneficiaries through our Prevailing Wage Regional Project.”

Franklin admitted in a plea agreement to filing false reports with Minnesota Carpenters Pension and Benefit Funds and the Painters and Allied Trades District Council No. 82 Pension and Benefit Funds.

He had his employees falsify time sheets and reports to the union pension and benefit funds, under-reporting the hours they worked.

“To evade reporting and paying fringe benefits for the number of hours actually worked, Franklin directed that employees who worked more than 40 hours (a) be paid for excess hours on a separate paycheck at the straight hourly rate, rather than the overtime rate; or (b) be paid for excess hours at the straight hourly rate on paychecks marked as ‘other pay,’” the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday in a news release about the case.

The Labor Department investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Rank, the new head of federal white collar crime prosecutions in Minnesota.

Terry Nelson, business manager/secretary-treasurer of the Painters and Allied Trades Council that represents many of the underpaid employees, said in a statement that Franklin’s conviction “sends a strong message that being in hard times does not justify outright stealing from those who work for you.”

“This is a company owner who counted on these men being too afraid to lose their jobs, when jobs are scarce right now, to say anything about this wage theft. What Mr. Franklin didn’t seem to realize is that these men are represented by a union that isn’t afraid to take any company on when its members’ rights are violated,” Nelson said.

Dan Browning • 612-673-4493

2011 STAR Program

JUNE 18, 2011

Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN