The Labor/Management Health Care Coalition of the Upper Midwest is governed by both Labor and Management representatives of the Coalition's membership. In addition, the LMHCC's Executive Committee includes its Executive Director and Legal Counsel.

Labor Members
Mike DeBuck, Co-Chair
Teamsters Local 289

Trevor Lawrence
Teamsters Local #638

Tim House
Plasters and Cabinet Makers Local #265

Brian Gullickson
Cement Masons Local #633

Management Members
Trace Benson, Co-Chair
Old Dutch Foods

Sandra Erkkila

Daniel A.R. Shoemaker
Xcel Energy

Affiliate Member
Joan Braun
Director of Operations
LMHCC of Wisconsin

Independent Member
Mary Jost, CEBS

Emeritus Labor Member
Bob Deroy

Executive Director
Douglas Rubbelke
Labor Management Health Care Coalition

Legal Counsel
Cindy Davis
Kutak Rock, LLP

Milliman Consultant
James (Jim) E. Conlon Jr. FSA, MAAA
from Principal & Consulting Actuary

Pharmacy Consultant
The Burchfield Group
Phil DeNucci, R.Ph. - Managing Consultant
Paul McNeill - Consultant


LMHCC are members
of the:

National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions (www.nlahcc.org)

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (www.ifebp.org)

About the Labor Management Health Care Coalition


Doug Rubbelke

Executive Director of the Labor/Management Health Care Coalition of the Upper Midwest

Citing his long-standing experience with unions and his work with health benefits management and multi-employer trusts, the Board of Directors of the Labor/Management Health Care Coalition of the Upper Midwest named Douglas Rubbelke its Executive Director in 2008. Rubbelke serves as the Coalition’s full-time Director, managing programs and member relations. LMHCC is a nonprofit organization that helps labor and management health and welfare trust funds purchase competitively priced health care programs. Based in Roseville, it serves approximately 50 trust funds that represent more than 500,000 union workers and their families in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Peter M. Rosene, an attorney specializing in Taft-Hartley Multi-Employer Trusts, states, “Rubbelke was a great choice for Executive Director. He helped mastermind the Midwest Teamsters Health Reimbursement Arrangement, the first such Taft-Hartley trust in the nation. He understands the need to leverage the use of data, group purchasing power, and health care branding to empower purchasers. He is committed to health care reform through an unyielding commitment to quality. His vision and dynamic leadership style will serve coalition members well.” Richard Williams, a labor attorney based in St. Paul, adds that “Rubbelke is thoughtful, firm, polite and mindful of the interests of all parties.” Rubbelke’s leadership is further endorsed by employers such as Randy Lebedoff, Legal Counsel for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (“Doug is a very strong and able leader”), and Marc Chrismer, Director of Labor Relations at the St. Paul Pioneer Press (“I co-chaired the St. Paul Pioneer Press Labor/Management Committee with Doug. It was a true pleasure working with him. Doug pursued a non-conflict approach and looked for win-win solutions”).

Prior to joining LMHCC, Rubbelke, a resident of Woodbury, MN, worked for 38 years in the newspaper trade, most recently representing union members at the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press in the Twin Cities. He was elected to 3 terms as President of Teamsters Local 4, which primarily represented Newspapers, Printing and Electronic Media. He also served as Vice President for the National Newspaper Conference and as President of the Inter-Plant Council of Newspaper Unions of the Twin Cities, a group of 8 unions with 30 labor representatives. During his tenure with the Teamsters, he doubled the size of his local and created and chaired the MW Teamsters HRA Trust, one of the first national Teamster HRA trusts in the country. As Chairman, he grew the Trust to more than $8 million. Sue Mauren, President of MN Teamsters Joint Council 32, says, “I have had the opportunity to work with Rubbelke for a number of years, both in his capacity as union officer and as Chair of the Midwest Teamsters HRA. Doug has shown tremendous leadership in both of these positions. His concern for the health care needs of Teamster members led him to take the innovative approach of developing an HRA. He then took the initiative to expand the HRA beyond his local union, adding participants from not only the Teamsters, but also other unions throughout the country! He has been visionary in his approach to health care, searching for solutions to the problems we face in providing affordable, quality health care. I believe the Coalition made an excellent choice in choosing Doug as Director; he will bring his creative approach to health care to this position and is a hardworking and dedicated individual.”

Rubbelke’s experience with multi-employer trusts, coupled with his vision for affordable and high-quality health care for working families, positions the Labor/Management Health Care Coalition of the Upper Midwest for long-term growth as a national leader among health care coalitions.