Established in 1953 and located in Minneapolis, MN

GAS WORKERS LOCAL 340 SCHOLARSHIP

3-$1000.00 LOCAL 340 SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE AWARDED. APPLICATION ARE DUE BACK NO LATER THEN OCTOBER 12TH,2016 scholarship-app-form-2016

Membership Meetings Sept. and Oct. Correction

                                                            NOTICE

                          MEMBERS OF GAS WORKERS UNION LOCAL 340

 

    At the regular Membership meeting of September 21, 2016, at the Labor Center, 312 Central Ave SE, New By-Laws for Local 340 will be reviewed.

The proposed new By-Laws shall be reviewed at the next two consecutive membership meetings, and in order to be adopted, the new By-Laws must obtain a two-thirds vote of the members present at the time of the second consecutive membership meetings.

The first review of the By-Laws will take place at the September 21, 2016 membership meeting. The second review and vote will be at the October 19, 2016 membership meeting.   

  

                          

REGULAR MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Regular and shift workers membership meetings. Shift workers meeting is at 11:00am and regular membership meeting is at 6:30pm.

LOCAL 340 NEW OFFICERS

President – Rob Bassat

Vice President – Josh Cleveland

Recording Secretary – Kendall Groenewold

Financial Secretary – Vern Levine

Treasurer – Nate West

Guard – Jim Tousignant

Executive Board – Dan Justin, Pete Johnson, Brian Cook, and John Vandagriff

Finance Committee – Pete Otterness, Charles Johnson, and Chris Lovely

Grievance and Negotiating Committee – Rob Bassat, Josh Cleveland, Kendall Groenewold, Pete Johnson, Cullen Arbogast, Dan Justin and Nate West

 

2015 GAS WORKERS LOCAL 340 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

2015 Gas workers local 340 scholarship winners are Sofia Everetts, Jessica Justin, and Matthew Rosebrock. Thanks to all the applicates.

Members if you have a address change please info the Union Office of your new address! Thank You

NEW CONTRACT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

The new contract with Center Point Energy has been accepted by the members. The new contract is a five year deal. A huge THANK YOU to the Negotiating Team for all there hard work and long hours. Ian, Kendall, Dan, Rob, Pete, Brian, Perry.

New T-Shirts for sale

Local 340 has new T-Shirts for sale $25.00 each. To order your new t-shirts send a check, with the sizes,the color(black or grey) and the address you would like it mail to.

Gas Workers Local 340
312 Central Ave SE
Suite # 592
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1025


In 2012 Celebrating Seventy Five Years As a Union

In March of 1937 our union was first organized under federal charter as Local 20490 of the AFL-CIO.  We were organized to cover all craft workers and have jurisdiction over work performed by the Minneapolis Gas Company.   In 1953 we became associated with the United Association as Gas Workers Local 340.

Our union has represented craft workers faithfully for 75 years and will strive to continue to serve the best interests of its members for the next 75!

Did You Know? – A Little Gas Company History

1.  In our company’s early years,  45 men were employed to light gas lamps in Minneapolis at night fall and  to extinguish them in the morning.   They were housed overnight on call, in dorms,  because if the moon became visible to illuminate the city they were required to put out the gas lights to save on fuel.  Conversely if clouds appeared and cover the moon they had to re-light these gas lamps.

2.  A Minneapolis ordinance was approved in 1871 to prohibit people from  hitching their horses to the gas company’s gas light posts.  Too many horses, when frightened, were damaging the gas lamps atop the posts showering glass fragments down the street.  The ordinance was generally ignored.

3.  Busiest day of the year for gas company employees in the 1920’s?  It was Thanksgiving Day.  Gas lighting had gone by the wayside replaced by electic lights and home heating by gas had not yet taken hold.  The company’s Gas Works would be manufacturing gas at maximum capacity to supply all the homes preparing Thanksgiving dinner.   Additionally company servicemen were on call to repair gas ranges that broke down while preparing the meal.

4.  On November 12,1931, ground was broken for the Linden Service Center at Linden and Lyndale Avenue, next to the garage built a year earlier, and the storage gas holder that had been there for many years.

5.   A very common method of suicide in  the first half of the 20th century was by putting one’s head in a gas oven.  This concerned the gas company greatly with records kept of suicides by gas in Minneapolis and proposals made to resolve this horrible problem.  How was this suicide method possible?  Manufactured gas (our main source of gas supply through the mid 1950s) contained amounts of carbon monoxide that could kill a person if inhaled in large amounts.  Pipeline natural gas, which replaced manufactured gas, does not contain carbon monoxide,  and thus eliminated this source of suicide.