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 What is a member?

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He’s the foundation of our union and without his will to progress, the union simply would not exist. Only he, in synergy with the other members, can advance the cause of employees in his working environment.

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 What is Teamsters Canada?

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Teamsters Canada is a labour organization with over 125,000 members. It is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has 1,400,000 members across North America.

We represent several industries, including transport, retail, motion picture, brewery & soft drink, construction, dairy, rail , graphic communications, warehousing, and more.

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 What services does Teamsters Canada offer to its members?

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The services we offer to our members are as many as they are useful. Just to name a few:

- Education
- Research
- Governmental Affairs
- Public Relations
- Communications
- Magazine
- Internet site
- Recruitment
- Administration of the Canadian strike fund
- Titan IV information network

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 Where are you located?

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Our National Office is located in Laval, Quebec, but we have several regional offices and Local Unions across Canada, from Vancouver to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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 Where would I find my Local Union?

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It is easy to get to your Local Union from Teamsters Canada’s national site. Just click here. Then, all you have to do is select the Province. Please note that a few of them do not have a website yet.

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 What can a labour union like Teamsters Canada do for me?

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In a few words, we can say that Teamsters Canada will protect you from your employer’s arbitrary decisions. Teamsters Canada’s main mission is to ensure the respect of its members with regard to opportunities for advancement, as well as vacation, wages, etc. As a result, the days when bosses used to make decisions without any consideration for their employees are now gone.

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 How are the Teamsters different from other unionized workers?

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This can be explained in several ways. First, the Teamsters form a big family joined by convergent interests, which can be summed up in five words: the welfare of the members.

Then, they are members of a truly democratic labour union. You can be involved at all levels, and express your opinion. The great majority of the officers, business agents, and organizers working in local unions are from the rank and file. As such, they are men and women, who are able to understand your issues and demands.

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 What is a Joint Council?

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A Joint Council is an entity that coordinates the activities of Local Unions within your province or your region. It offers many services, including:

- Representation at the labour federation of your province
- Representation at various ministries and government bodies, such as Transportation, Labour, and the WSIB/CSST
- Training and recruitment
- Enforcing the regional powers of Local Unions.

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 What is a Local Union?

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Local Unions are the backbone and vital force of Teamsters Canada. In fact, a Local Union is an autonomous entity governed by the Constitution and by its own regulations. It is comprised of officers (president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, recording secretary, etc.), business agents, recruiters, and staff members.

On account of the Local Union’s autonomy, its officers can make any decisions while considering the needs of the members.

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 Does Teamsters Canada provide training?

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Yes. Teamsters Canada provides training to its shop stewards through its Training Services. The courses are as varied as they as interesting. In addition, they can be customized to meet your needs. To this end, please contact your business agent to discuss the training program offered by Teamsters Canada.

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 What is a shop steward?

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Elected by his co-workers, the shop steward is the spokesperson chosen to act as a liaison between the members, the local union and the company management. The shop steward usually masters his collective labour agreement. His main goal is to make sure he gets the Employer's respect. Any violation of the Collective Labour Agreement will be subjected to the grievance procedure. Thereafter, it's up to the shop steward to intervene.

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 Are the Teamsters only made up of truckers?

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No. The Teamsters work in a wide variety of sectors and positions, from office clerks to skilled workers in the food product industry, to teachers and stockroom clerks, etc.

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 What are my union dues for?

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Your union dues are used for so many things, including:

- Defence of the group of employees you are part of;
- Negotiation of your collective agreement;
- Training of your shop stewards;
- Defence of all workers’ interests in general against the governments and the pressure groups formed by companies;
- Information sharing between unions to provide a better protection of the workers;
- Recruitment of new members;
- Creation of a strike fund;
- Publication of our news magazine, and updating of our Internet site;
- Review of the provincial and federal labour legislation;
- Development of the Titan IV information network;
- Coordination of the union membership during major events aimed at improving working conditions;
- Research and development of solutions for safer workplaces;
- Organization of meetings allowing the Teamsters to present their views to companies and government bodies.

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 Do you have any other questions?

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If this FAQ on our union did not answer all of your questions, do not hesitate to let us know. We will be happy to provide you with our answers as soon as possible.