Laval, November 12, 2011 — The Teamsters Union has reached a tentative agreement on behalf of close to 10,000 workers that they represent across Canada at Purolator Courier. The negotiations process started last August and concluded yesterday evening with a unanimous recommendation for acceptance from the entire negotiating committee.

“Our negotiating team, which included union representatives and stewards from across the entire country, did an outstanding job”, said Gerry Boutin, President of Local Union 931. “We, the negotiations committee, unanimously recommend that the members ratify this contract.”

“We have made significant gains”, said John McCann, President of Local Union 879. “We believe that workers are the cornerstone of the success of Purolator and the tentative agreement demonstrates that. “

Details of the contract will not be released until after it has been presented to and reviewed by the membership in the coming weeks. The union’s negotiation Committee is currently working on the scheduling of membership meetings and scheduling the period of time when they will be voting by electronic means.

“The contract will be voted upon through a secure electronic voting system, either by phone or internet”, explained Gary Kitchen, Director of Teamsters Canada’s Package and Parcel Division and Chairman of the Union’s Negotiating Committee. ” I’m confident that the membership will ratify this tentative agreement once they hear the details of the settlement from their Local Union Officers” he concluded.

The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 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.


Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Mobile: 514-609-5101
Office: 450-682-5521 x236
Email: [email protected]

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