March 20, 2013

Carver County prevails in Interest Arbitration with Law Enforcement Personnel

On January 7, 2013, Arbitrator Christine Ver Ploeg submitted an arbitration award involving Teamsters Local 320, representing forty-two law enforcement personnel in the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.  The bargaining unit consisted of 29 detention deputies, 12 911 Dispatchers, and one Terminal Agency Coordinator.  Bargaining issues included wages for calendar years 2012 and 2013, range movement, severance, uniform allowance, shift differential, and whether a market adjustment was warranted for certain bargaining […]
March 9, 2013

Arbitrator upholds Ramsey County Reduced Hours Program

On February 11, 2013, Arbitrator Carol Berg O’Toole determined that Ramsey County did not violate its CBA with AFSCME Council 5, Local 70 at its Lake Owasso Residence when it reduced hours of employees based on seniority.  In response to significant budget constraints, Ramsey County implemented a facility-wide rebid of jobs based on seniority for new schedules with less hours.  The result of the rebid was that employees with more […]
March 9, 2013

Discipline reduced for Mendota Heights police officer

On March 1, 2012, Arbitrator Harley Ogata determined that a one-day suspension related to whether the officer had probable cause to arrest a citizen was excessive under the circumstances, and reduced the discipline to a written reprimand. Though the arbitrator determined that the officer could have done more to diffuse the dispute during a bad-weather roadside stop, the arbitrator felt that only a reprimand was warranted because a reprimand would […]
March 9, 2013

Employer must use new I-9 forms in May 2013

Employers required to use new I-9 form in May 2013. See the form and get more information at