Dicom Workers in Drummondville Join the Teamsters

Laval, April 24, 2019 — Owner operators of the Dicom courier company in Drummondville have joined the ranks of the Teamsters Union.

Alain Coursol of Teamsters Local Union 931 filed an application for certification yesterday afternoon with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).

Workers have reported that the company has reduced its pay scale in the past few weeks, reducing their salary to what it was fifteen years ago.

“We are very happy to welcome these new members to our great Teamsters family,” said Local Union 931 president, Richard Lamoureux. “We’re going to start working on improving their conditions as soon as the certification has been approved by the CIRB.”

The Teamsters Union is the dominant force in the parcel and package delivery sector in Canada, with more than 17,000 members. We defend the interests of workers at Purolator, UPS, Intelcom, ICS, Nationex, Dynamex, MGM, CMC Express, Loomis and Colispro, among other companies.

“I would like to congratulate the organizing team, especially brothers Alain Coursol and Alain Turcotte, for their excellent work,” Coursol added.

The Teamsters Union represents close to 125,000 workers across Canada, including more than 35,000 workers in various industries in Quebec. Teamsters Canada is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
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slacroix@teamsters.ca

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Laval, QC, April 18, 2019 – A tentative agreement has been reached between the Teamsters and managers at Autobus DL. The company’s 30 school bus drivers are members of Teamsters Local Union 106.

Sylvie Duval, business agent at Teamsters Local Union 106, will present the company’s proposals at a union meeting next week.

This means 3000 to 3500 students at the Eastern Townships School Board and the Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerf will continue receiving school bus service next week. Workers had previously voted to authorize strike action.

More details will be made available once members vote on the tentative agreement.

Teamsters represent close to 125,000 members in Canada in all industries, including over 1000 school bus drivers in Québec. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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It is with a heavy heart that I learned that Brother Andy Mastoris, a legendary usher at the Scotiabank Arena and long-time member of Teamsters Local Union 847, died last week at the age of 80.

Andy started working as an usher in 1964 at the Maple Leaf Gardens. On his first day, the Beatles were playing at the Gardens. He was there when Toronto last won the Stanley Cup, in ’67.

Over the years, fans came to know and love Andy and went out of their way to stop at Gate 1 to have a chat with him, and maybe take a picture with him. His smile was contagious.

He was mentioned in and profiled in various publications, eventually becoming part of the sports lore in Toronto.

Andy loved his job, and he loved people.

Andy, in turn, was loved by his co-workers, his friends, his family, and thousands of sports fans.

He will be sorely missed.

In solidarity and mourning,

Fernanda Santos
President
Teamsters Local Union 847

April 8, 2019, Prince Rupert – Fresh on the heels of opening a new office in Prince Rupert last December, Teamsters Local Union 31 is pleased to welcome twenty-six new brothers and sisters employed at the Coast 2000 Prince Rupert and Ridley Island Terminals.

The local union’s newest members operate lift equipment to offload lumber from either railcar or flatbed trucks. The wood product is then carefully handled by Teamsters and stuffed inside sea containers en route to international customers. The Teamsters container lift operators stack sea containers within the yard and lift sea containers on and off trailer chassis. The hostlers operate truck equipment that moves sea containers within the terminals.

The Coast 2000 Prince Rupert bargaining unit is one of two Coast 2000 units that Local Union 31 represents, the original being in Richmond, British Columbia. Over time, Teamsters members have helped create Coast 2000 into the largest leading third party logistics export service provider to the pulp and paper, lumber, and international steamship line (sea container) industries.

“Our members and Coast 2000 have had a long productive history together”, stated local president Stan Hennessy. “New Teamsters in Prince Rupert will now be able to utilize their collective agreement that contains great work-life balance, including extended vacation time, banked vacation overtime and accumulated time off.”

In late February, Local Union 31 President Stan Hennessy, Business Agent Anthony Kirk and Organizer Ben Hennessy conducted a union meeting with the new Coast 2000 Teamsters at the Highliner Hotel in Prince Rupert. Hennessy chaired the meeting and guided new members through their collective agreement. Since then, Anthony Kirk has met with members at the job sites.

“I’ve had a great time meeting with our new members”, stated Business Agent Kirk. “Everybody is enjoying the new contract and are happy to be Teamsters.”

The new collective agreement commenced on March 1, 2019, and will expire on February 28, 2022. The hourly rates of pay and benefits will make Coast 2000 the industry leaders in Prince Rupert.

“Our new Coast 2000 Prince Rupert brothers and sisters will now have access to Teamsters Health and Welfare and the Teamsters Pension Plan,” stated Organizer Ben Hennessy. “This contract is a difference maker to the lives of the Coast 2000 workers. The Organizing Department will be at non-union work sites to share the positive results of membership in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.”

To organize your workplace in British Columbia, please contact Ben Hennessy, Director of Organizing at Teamsters Local Union31 at 604-527-2722 or bhennessy@teamsters31.ca

Workers elsewhere in Canada can confidentially fill out a form HERE to have a local organizer get in touch with them.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) represents more than 1.4 million active members employed in a wide range of industries in North America.

Teamsters Local Union 31 proudly represents 8,000 members in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, including general truck drivers, transit and bus drivers, warehouse, grocery, courier, public sector, pulp and paper workers and limousine chauffeurs.

Wages are the main sticking point. The pay increases management is proposing will not allow our members to keep up with the cost of living…

Laval, QC, April 12, 2019 – Barring significant progress at the bargaining able, school bus drivers at Autobus DL will walk off the job on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 a.m. Between 3000 and 3500 students at the Eastern Townships School Board and the Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs may find themselves without school bus service. Wages are the main sticking point.

“The pay increases management is proposing will not allow our members to keep up with the cost of living. School drivers are already the lowest-paid professional drivers in Québec, earning on average $20,000 a year,” explained the president of Teamsters Local Union 106, Jean Chartrand.

On Wednesday, it was announced that members had voted by a margin of 91% to walk off the job at a moment deemed appropriate by the union. But the latest talks with the company indicate that there is no way forward for the time being.

The collective agreement expired last summer. The union remains open to continue negotiating, but management is not ready to make any new offers and no new meetings between parties have been scheduled at this time.

“Out of solidarity with parents, the union had committed to providing advance notice of any work stoppage. We sincerely hope this 12-day notice will give them enough time to find other options for taking their kids to school,” added Jean Chartrand. “Meanwhile, we will continue doing everything possible to avoid a strike and reach a fair and equitable agreement for our members.”

Working conditions in this industry are difficult. On top of low wages, school bus drivers have to deal with split shifts, bad weather, poor roads, students’ behaviour and impatient or aggressive motorists.

A strike at Autobus DL would mainly affect the cities of Cowansville, Bromont, Adamsville, Waterloo, Knowlton and Farnham.

Teamsters represent close to 125,000 members in Canada in all industries, including over 1000 school bus drivers in Québec alone. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Christopher Monette
Director of Public Affairs
Teamsters Canada
Cell: 514-226-6002
cmonette@teamsters.ca

Earlier this week, union members at Novacold Logistics in Ontario voted to ratify a new 5-year collective agreement by over 98%. Teamsters Local Union 419 Chair and President Jason Sweet says this contract levels the playing field across the cold storage industry with healthy increases in wages and improvements to pension and vacation, to name a few.

“A big thank you goes out to the bargaining committee. This set of negotiations was about respect,” said Brother Sweet.

Novacold Logistics has cold storage warehouses in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Interested in joining the Teamsters? Fill out this form to have an organizer get in touch with you, or call us at toll-free at 1 866 888-6466. All information is treated confidentially.

The union bargaining committee at Novacold Logistics in Ontario.
The union bargaining committee at Novacold Logistics in Ontario.

Laval, QC, April 10, 2019 – About thirty school bus drivers employed by Autobus DL voted by a margin of 91% to authorize a strike. The work stoppage will occur at a time deemed appropriate by their union, Teamsters Local Union 106. Wages are the main sticking point.

“Despite their many responsibilities, school drivers are the lowest-paid professional drivers in Québec. When workers who earn about $20,000 a year are ready to go on strike, you know it means they’ve had enough,” explained the president of Teamsters Local Union 106, Jean Chartrand.

The collective agreement expired last summer. The union is hoping to avoid a strike, but management is not ready to make any new offers and no new meetings between parties have been scheduled at this time. The union wants to conclude a negotiated settlement as quickly as possible in order to avoid inconveniencing parents and students.

Between 3000 and 3500 students at the Eastern Townships School Board and the Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs may find themselves without school bus service. Out of solidarity with parents, the union is promising to provide advance notice of any work stoppage. The idea is to give parents as much time as possible to find other options for taking their kids to school.

“Working conditions in this industry are difficult. On top of low wages, school bus drivers have to deal with split shifts, bad weather, poor roads, students’ behaviour and impatient or aggressive motorists,” added Jean Chartrand.

Teamsters represent close to 125,000 members in Canada in all industries, including over 1000 school bus drivers in Québec alone. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Christopher Monette
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Teamsters Canada
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cmonette@teamsters.ca

We regret to inform you of the passing of a Teamster powerhouse, Brother Charlie Thibault. He died earlier this week at 88 years old after experiencing a stroke.

Brother Thibault was known for his dedication to Teamster members and to workers across Ontario.

He began his career as a driver for Intercity Wilson Brothers and became a business agent for Teamsters Local Union 938 in 1967. He also served as a general organizer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, where he helped hundreds of workers join a union.

In 1970 he became president of his local. He continued rising the ranks, eventually becoming president of Joint Council 52 and international vice‑president.

One of his biggest achievements was negotiating a master freight agreement for Ontario, a collective agreement which covered almost every single truck driver in the province. The agreement guaranteed solid middle-class wages and standardized protections and benefits for tens of thousands of drivers.

Brother Thibault will be fondly remembered by the countless workers he helped over the course of his career, but most of all by his wife Audrey and son Derek.

Teamsters Canada would like to express its sincerest condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones at this time of sadness.

François Laporte, President, Teamsters Canada
François Laporte, President, Teamsters Canada

Laval, QC, March 19, 2019 – Teamsters Canada President François Laporte released the following statement on the 2019 federal budget:

“Our union finds the 2019 federal budget lacking. The compensation package for the dairy industry contains nothing for dairy workers at risk of losing their jobs. Moreover, the government is lacking ambition on issues like pharmacare and retraining.

“If a government finds it is necessary to compensate an industry for harm caused by a trade deal, then they should also explicitly compensate workers. Today’s compensation package was designed for farmers. Those funds will not trickle down to everyone else who depends on the dairy industry for their livelihoods. Workers in the dairy processing sector or in bulk milk transportation are getting nothing.

“Generally speaking, the government needs to get more ambitious when it comes to retraining and life-long learning. A measly $250 annual credit to cover the cost of courses is simply not enough, considering that 42% of jobs in Canada are at high-risk of being automated in the next two decades.

“Expanding our social safety net will help Canadians navigate the coming changes to our economy. The creation of the Canadian Drug Agency and the development of a national formulary are steps in the right direction, but Canada remains the only country in the world with a universal healthcare system that excludes prescription drugs.

“Teamsters are pleased that the government is taking action to increase taxes on stock options. The write-off disproportionately benefits Canada’s richest CEOs, who already earn close to 200 times the average worker’s salary. This was one of the points we raised following last year’s budget.

“Our union welcomes today’s investment in passenger rail service for remote communities, as it stands to benefit commuters and bring the country closer together.

“We would have preferred to see even more infrastructure investments in the budget, as well as measures to expedite previously announced infrastructure spending. These investments create good jobs for Teamster members and working-class Canadians, while ensuring that supply chains remain efficient and competitive.

“The budget recognizes the importance of Canada’s pipeline infrastructure. It notes that the growing supply of crude oil from Western Canada has exceeded available export pipeline infrastructure. We are disappointed that no measures were taken to address that problem, considering the difficulties facing energy sector workers.”

Teamsters represent close to 125,000 members in Canada in all industries, including 5,000 in the dairy industry and 16,000 in the rail industry. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Teamsters Canada
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Laval, QC, March 15, 2019 – The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the families of the victims of the Ponton Derailment are welcoming Manitoba MP Niki Ashton’s call for an inquiry into the causes of the incident. This follows a Transport Canada directive which found failures in how the employer handled the situation. The derailment killed a conductor and left a locomotive engineer with life altering injuries.

“We are all surprised that the Transport Canada directive indicates that the employer was aware that the location at which the derailment occurred had, only five days before, been the subject of concern involving a passenger train,” said TCRC spokesperson Roland Hackl. “The union and operating crew were not previously aware of this. We note that the employer says it was a different location, but either way, there clearly appears to have been a known risk.”

The other concerns listed by Transport Canada, like the absence of communications support and ambulance service, were also raised by the union and the families in the aftermath of the derailment.

The Transport Canada directive can be read here.

“We are disappointed that the Hudson Bay Railway has chosen to appeal the directive. The TCRC will be participating at the hearing. This isn’t about pointing fingers. It’s about figuring out what went wrong, how the system failed and making sure it never happens again,” added Hackl.

Both men initially survived the crash, and the injuries sustained by the conductor appeared to have been entirely survivable. But paramedics were not allowed to attend to the wreck site. It is not clear how that decision was made, or by whom. Nine and a half hours after the derailment, the conductor finally died of blood loss while still at the scene of the crash.

The deceased conductor has now been identified as 38-year-old Kevin Anderson. The surviving locomotive engineer is a 59-year-old man who asks that his privacy be respected at this time.

Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers across Canada, including over 16,000 workers in the rail industry. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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