USF Reddaway Inc. Workers Join the Teamsters for Respect at the Workplace

Building up British Columbia starts with getting better working conditions, including pensions, health benefits and higher wage.

Delta, June 29, 2015 — Teamsters Local Union 31 successfully won a representation vote that certified the union at the British Columbia Labour Relations Board to represent the Drivers, Warehouse Workers and Clerical at USF Reddaway Inc. in Delta, BC.

Some 1,600 workers of this company are unionized with the Teamsters.

The workers said they wanted to be respected by their employer.

“The workers expressed their courage for what matters most to them: respect,” said Ben Hennessy, Director of Organizing of Teamsters Local Union 31. “I’m proud to have given the workers at USF Reddaway a strong, helping Teamsters hand up to build a brighter future.”

USF Reddaway Inc. provides direct, regional delivery in twelve U.S. states and British Columbia. The company was founded in 1919.

The union will meet with the employer in the next few months, and both parties will bargain with a view to entering into their very first work contract.

“I would like to thank brothers Mike Hennessy of Local Union 31 and Grant Coleman of Teamsters Canada who helped us a lot in this organizing drive,” added Ben Hennessy. “Without them, none of it would have been possible.”

The Teamsters represents 120 000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 450-682-5521
Cell: 514-609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Toronto, June 11 2015 — Dozens of union representatives from Ontario and other provinces gathered to participate in the Teamsters Ontario Invitational (OTI), a golf tournament for the Variety children’s charity.

Randy Doner, president of Joint Council 52 of the Teamsters Union, handed the organization a $100 000 cheque. Variety Village is devoted to helping young people overcome disabilities and other barriers. Variety also offers integrated sports and aptitudes programmes for children.

“Building up Canada starts with being involved in our communities,” said Randy Doner. “Being a Teamster is more than negotiating collective agreements and taking care of grievances. It’s also about lending a hand to those in need, especially children.”

Mr. Doner wishes to thank the team of volunteers, Teamsters representatives, friends and corporate sponsors who made this tournament another great success.

“Without them nothing is possible,” added the union leader. “We all share the same spirit because there is no greater gift than to help children.”

The Ontario Teamsters Invitational will be back next year! Check out TeamstersVarietyGolf.com for more information.

The Teamsters represents 120 000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 450-682-5521
Cell: 514-609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Visitors will learn the benefits of joining the Teamsters Union

Laval, June 9 2015 – For the first time ever, Quebec’s Immigration Fair (Salon de l’immigration et de l’intégration au Québec) is playing host to the Teamsters Union. Teamsters Canada will have a booth at the Fair to show newcomers the point of having a union and the services we offer.

François Laporte, the President of Teamsters Canada, gave an interview (French only) to the event’s organisers. He sheds light on the steps to join a union and explains how Teamsters Canada works.

“I’m happy to see newcomers to Canada welcomed by so many organizations and companies,” said the Union leader. “I’d like to thank the Fair’s organizers for this chance to raise awareness about the important role Unions play in our society.”

Adapting to a new country isn’t easy. Immigrants are often easy prey on the job market, usually because of cultural or linguistic barriers. Sometimes, they simply don’t know their rights as workers.

Visitors will be able to fill out a questionnaire to figure out what they have to earn in relation to the lifestyle they desire.

The Union representatives at the Fair will give out information about workers’ rights, the advantages of joining a union, the resources we put at their availability, as well as Teamsters Canada’s different activities and campaigns.

“A decent wage, benefits, and a pension plan. Those are three things workers and their families need for a better future,” concluded the President of Teamsters Canada. “Our Union has been here since 1906. We have the skills and experience needed to give workers a better future.”

This fourth edition of the Quebec Immigration Fair will take place at the Montreal Convention Centre (Place d’Armes metro station). Admission is free. Other than Teamsters Canada, almost 200 professionals will be present to answer a wide range questions about looking for a job, training, entrepreneurship, networking, housing, immigration policy, and more.

The Teamsters represents 120,000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 450 682-5521
Cell: 514 609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Teamsters have several improvements on wages, pension as well as health and welfare.

Laval, June 8, 2015 — The workers of GardaWorld Cash Services affiliated with the Teamsters Union ratified a new collective agreement on June 4th. The ballots counted today indicate that 93,5% of the members were in favour of the employer’s proposal.

The workers are getting 3,5% wage improvements for the first two years of the contract, better health and welfare benefits, and improvements to their pension plan. They also join the Teamsters Prairie Provinces Pension Plan and the Prairie Teamsters Health & Welfare Plan.

Teamsters Local Unions represent over 450 workers at GardaWorld Cash Services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The contract was due on June 1st.

« Both parties worked diligently to improve the workers’ conditions, said Lance Wallace, Assistant Director of the Armoured Car Division of Teamsters Canada. The bargaining committee did a hell of a job and they deserve to be congratulated! »

The new collective agreement will end in 2018.

The Teamsters represents 120 000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 450 682-5521
Cell: 514 609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Toronto, May 28, 2015 — Don Ashley, the National Legislative Director for the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), participated yesterday in a town hall meeting organized by Rail Safety First in Toronto. In addition to Mr. Ashley, the guests were Cynthia Quaterman, who served as an administrator at the US Department of Transportation, and Dr. Mark Winfield, an associate professor of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the York University.

Rail Safety First is a coalition of citizens across Canada working to increase government regulations and enforcement in the rail industry.

« Rail Safety First and our goals are similar, explained Don Ashley. We’ve made representations to the Federal government and we’ve launched campaigns about rail safety to raise awareness in the population. »

« So it was very important to us to be part of this conference. »

Over the years, the TCRC warned the government that trains are too long, the cars too heavy, and the locomotives too fast. Furthermore, the Teamsters Union has continually worked with all the stakeholders in this matter to put an end to the self-regulation in this industry. Indeed, only one inspector covers every 450 kilometres of tracks in Canada

« Applying stricter standards, putting in place better emergency response plans along train routes and encouraging rail companies to improve safety are just a start, added the union leader. More importantly Transport Canada has to hire more inspectors to increase the surveillance of the rail system. »

On the other hand, fatigue management was also a major concern for the union in the last rounds of negotiations with the rail carriers.

« We went on strike at Canadian Pacific (CP) earlier in 2015 because it is crucial to implement broad based and effective fatigue countermeasures to protect the rail workers and the population, concluded the union leader. Our members have to be properly rested in order to safely operate long heavy trains. »

The Teamsters represents 120 000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 450 682-5521
Cell: 514 609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Laval, May 8, 2015 — François Laporte officially begins his tenure today as president of Teamsters Canada. He has been sworn in by International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) General President James P. Hoffa. General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall and the other members of the IBT General Executive Board were also at the ceremony.

François Laporte joined the Teamsters Union in 1985. He began at Local Union 1999 and Joint Council 91 and then went on to hold various positions, including communications specialist, organizer, director of government affairs, and business agent. He also sat on the executive boards of Local Unions 931, 1998 and 106. Until his election, he served as assistant to outgoing President Robert Bouvier.

Mr. Bouvier is taking a well-deserved retirement after more than 40 years of union labour activism, including 15 at the helm of Teamsters Canada.

“I would like to thank Robert for his leadership and invaluable contribution to our organization,” said François Laporte. “I will never forget this impressive man with whom I carried out many campaigns.”

“One need only think of the driving hours issue in the trucking industry, the union merger in the rail industry or the importance he placed on training stewards and members to get a sense of the legacy he is leaving behind. He showed us the way, now it’s up to us to go further still.”

To this end, François Laporte plans to make sure that Teamsters Canada communicates more efficiently with its members and the public, mainly through social networks and the media. He would also like to work with members, local union officers and Teamsters Canada’s executive board to set up brainstorming exercises.

“Collective agreements that are good for workers and their families, members involvement in charity work and our efforts to encourage the governments to introduce progressive laws regarding mental health in the workplace are just a few examples of our organization’s contribution to society,” explains the union leader. “We are agents of positive change and we are helping build a more prosperous and just society.”

The Teamsters Union represents 120,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Communications Director
Mobile: 514 609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Laval, April 30, 2015 — Teamsters Canada is inviting its members to help the earthquake victims in Nepal. Like the affiliated unions of the Canadian Labour Congress, the Teamsters union has made a donation to Oxfam for the earthquake victims in Nepal.

According to current assessments, the earthquake that struck Nepal and its people on April 25 has left more than 5,000 people dead. The capital, Kathmandu, as well as dozens of villages, were devastated. The United Nations reports some 1.4 million Nepalese are in need of food, and many are without water and shelter.

In short, there will be a lot to do in the months and years to come in order to rebuild the country.

“This is a major natural disaster and we must contribute to international aid efforts that have been set up for the Nepalese people, as well as for the Canadians that are in Nepal right now,” said Teamsters Canada President, François Laporte. “I am calling upon our 115,000 members to contribute to humanitarian relief efforts for Nepal. Every donation – even the smallest one – counts.”

The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications
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Laval, April 27, 2015 – Tomorrow is the National Day of Mourning for the workers killed or injured on the job.

With the help of its members, shop stewards, union representatives, the local unions of the Teamsters Union continues to ensure – and improve – occupational health and safety.

The fact is that 900 Canadians died on the job in 2013 alone. These unsettling statistics hide a worrisome fact: the actual number of work-related deaths is difficult to determine because workers die each year from unreported accidents.

Plus, who doesn’t know a friend, a family member or a co-worker who couldn’t afford to take time off to recover from an injury? And that’s not counting the temporary foreign workers who get injured on the job and choose to keep it quiet.

The upcoming fall elections will be an opportunity for Teamsters Canada to remind all MPs and the next federal government that occupational health and safety laws must be applied, including the Criminal Code, if need be.

“Regardless of whether they’re unionized, workers must be able to work in a safe and healthy environment,” explains Teamsters Canada President François Laporte. “The consequences of occupational illnesses, injuries and deaths are immense.”

Mental health: another major issue

Mental health rarely comes up in discussions about occupational injuries or deaths but is, in fact, a serious issue.

Teamsters Local Union 362 has come up with an initiative to raise awareness on this very topic. The campaign seeks to mobilize public figures, decision makers and politicians to make mental health support mandatory in all workplaces.

Research shows that mental health indirectly affects all Canadians at some time, through a family member, a friend or a colleague.

According to Statistics Canada, it is estimated that presenteeism costs Canadian businesses between $15 billion and $25 billion a year. Presenteeism occurs when employees are physically present, but due to an unaddressed physical or emotional issue, are distracted to the point of reduced productivity.

One out of five Canadians will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime,” says François Laporte.  “I think we should all be able to talk about this openly without fear of reprisal or judgment from our employers.”

But for that to happen, we need federal, provincial and territorial laws to allow people struggling with mental health issues to get the help and rest they need to get better.”

The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Stéphane Lacroix, Communications Department
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Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

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CN conductor dead after accident at the Saskatoon rail yard. Source of the picture: Global News
CN conductor dead after accident at the Saskatoon rail yard. Source of the picture: Global News

Ottawa, April 10th, 2014 – The Teamsters Union, which represents Canadian National (CN) conductors, would like to express its sincere condolences to the family of Kevin Timmerman who lost his life after an incident at a rail yard in Saskatoon on Thursday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the conductor who died in this tragic accident,” declared Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Vice President, Roland Hackl.

According to the Globe & Mail, CN’s safety record has come under the scrutiny of the federal government after the two recent fiery derailments in Northern Ontario.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said it is investigating the accident, but had few details to share for the moment.

“We won’t make any comments before the investigation is over,” said the union leader.

The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:

Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications
Telephone: 450 682-5521
Cell: 514 609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Facebook.com/TeamstersCanada ▪ Twitter.com/TeamstersCanada ▪ teamsters.ca

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Laval, March 19, 2015 — Based on the results received, François Laporte of Local Union 106 has been elected president of Teamsters Canada, replacing Robert Bouvier, who held the position for the last 15 years.

François Laporte joined the Teamsters in 1985, first with local 1999 and Joint Council 91, and went on to hold different positions including Communication Specialist, Organizer, Director of Government Affairs and Union Representative. At the regional level, he gained comprehensive union experience while sitting on the Executive Board of Teamsters Local Unions 931, 1998 and 106, and while serving as Union Representative for Peerless Clothing employees.

He was also actively involved in the recruitment of workers from Arcon Canada, Purolator and UPS. He also led the unionization of 2,500 employees at Peerless Clothing and was instrumental in seeing 10,000 rail workers swell the ranks of the Teamsters. Since 2000, Mr. Laporte has served as the Assistant to the President of Teamsters Canada.

“I look forward to taking up this new and exciting challenge,” said François Laporte. “The Teamsters Union is a powerful organization that will continue to have a positive impact on its members and all Canadian workers.”

Some 115,000 ballots were mailed on February 16 and members had until March 18 to vote.

“Democracy has spoken,” said outgoing President Robert Bouvier. “I’m confident that brother Laporte will take our organization to new heights.”

The union leader will step down in May after a long and successful labour career spanning four decades.

Robert Bouvier worked for Labatt Brewery in Montreal before joining Local Union 1999 as a business agent. He later became its secretary-treasurer and was elected president of Teamsters Canada by acclamation in 2000.

The election of the new president was held under the supervision of Collins Barrow LLP, who will confirm the details of the results very soon.

The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

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Information:
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications
Telephone: 450 682-5521
Cell: 514 609-5101
Email: slacroix@teamsters.ca

Facebook.com/TeamstersCanada ▪ Twitter.com/TeamstersCanada ▪ Teamsters.ca