Local 120 News

20 May 2019

Letter from Tom Erickson to Richard Murphy Jr.

Murphy Warehouse employees have been on strike for nearly a week over the company’s attempt to TRIPLE employee healthcare costs even though the overall cost went DOWN over 4% last year. Both sides have talked about the great relationship between the Union and the company prior to these negotiations. While the situation is very sad it is important to note that the Union and employees did everything we could to avert this situation. Below is the text (and a link to the actual document) of a letter that Local 120 President Tom Erickson sent 13 days before the strike began… he is still waiting for Mr. Murphy to call.

Letter From President Tom Erickson


RE: Negotiations Between Teamsters Local 120 & Murphy Warehouse Company

Mr. Murphy:

We have not met before, but my name is Tom Erickson. I am the President and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 120, which represents over 12,500 members in four states, including the employees at your company.

As I am sure you are aware, negotiations between our Union bargaining committee and your hired attorneys have not been going well. I have been told that your attorneys are demanding healthcare concessions even though the company is doing well financially and despite the fact that the costs of the plan have decreased this year.

Our Local Union has had a positive relationship with the Murphy family for decades and I am perplexed by these demands that are being made in your name. I have been around long enough to remember the lean years when your employees took wage freezes to keep the company viable, and when we partnered to educate elected officials on how detrimental a proposed warehouse tax would be.

While I have not been directly involved in the Murphy negotiations to date, it is clear that the dispute between your hired attorneys and my bargaining committee is escalating. To be clear, I fully support the positions our bargaining committee has taken and have approved them taking economic action if necessary to achieve a fair settlement. It is my belief that being a leader means stepping in and stepping up when situations begin to deteriorate. That is why I wanted to reach out to you, leader to leader, in order to offer my phone number (651-343-1723) and tell you that I am willing to talk. With the contract set to expire this weekend, I hope you agree that as leaders, it is our duty to step in and try to find a path forward.





Tom Erickson


17 May 2019

Murphy Warehouse “ON STRIKE”


1. 701 24th Ave. SE., Minneapolis

2. 4700 Main St. NE., Fridley

3. 355 8th St East, Saint Paul

4. 905 Yankee Doodle Rd., Eagan

5. 5201 Winnetka Ave., New hope

6. 901 Canterbury Rd. S. Shakopee.

The warehouse at 807 Hamden Avenue St. Paul will be open from 5am— 4pm

Troy Gustafson/Grant Bendix BA’s

10 April 2019

2019 Tentative YRCW National Master Freight Agreement Information

The following materials provide information on the tentative National Master Freight Agreement covering Teamster members at YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn. These agreements have been unanimously recommended by the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee. Ballot packets will be mailed to all members on or about April 19. All votes must be cast online or by phone by Friday, May 3 at noon (Eastern Time.) Ballots will be counted at 4 p.m. (Eastern) on May 3. Below are links to the complete documents.

Highlights of the Proposed 2019-2024 NMFA

Frequently Asked Questions About the Proposed 2019-2024 NMFA

2019-2024 National Master Freight Agreement

Central Region Local Cartage Supplemental Agreement

Central Region Over-the-Road Supplemental Agreement