Minnesota Rally Calls for Passage of Butch Lewis Act

Some 500 Teamster retirees, actives and spouses jammed a union hall in South St. Paul Minnesota in support of the Butch Lewis bill to save pensions in jeopardy.

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The overflow crowd heard a series of speakers including U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan and Tim Walz, both from Minnesota, and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar prepared a special video which was shown on large screens at the rally.

Hundreds signed the national petition in support of the bill and were given flyers with Minnesota’s congressional delegation and their phone numbers. Speakers including Klobuchar urged the workers to call all their Congresspeople.

Other speakers included the heads of the AFL-CIO regional labor federations in Minneapolis and St Paul, the Minnesota Nurses Association and the AARP.

Sherman Liimatainen, the retired Duluth Teamster officer who is a leader of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions (NUCPP), outlined latest developments.

The rally was sponsored by Save Our Pensions—Minnesota, an affiliate of the NUCPP. The group has been sponsoring actions and rallies for more than 3 years.


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  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2017-12-14 06:36:39 -0500
    what good will this law do us that worked at ups and retired and already had our pensions cut 29%.it won’t do anything for us I worked my ads off for 20 years and paid into my pension and Hoffa gets away with stealing our money I get no health insurance through the teamsters,i have to buy my own and i have never recieved a cost of living increase,I can’t believe this fat pig hasn’t been sent to prison.all members I think that work for ups should demand to have their pensions stopped from going to the teamsters and put into a pension that they can control,you can not trust anyone with money that’s not theirs,they will steal it from you as the teamsters did.they pay themselves big salaries with our money and give them selves big bonuses with our money,this must stop,their salaries must be voted on and approved by the members,not by them.
  • Tim Robie
    commented 2017-12-05 07:33:16 -0500
    We had about 500 show up in Springfield, MO. At Local 245 rally too.
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