Laval, September 15th, 2014 – Members of Teamsters attended the annual International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Women’s Conference last week. The goal of this conference is to mobilize and train 1,200 women union members from Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Canadian delegation was made up of members from several provinces. Together, they sang in unison the Canadian national anthem, a gesture of solidarity that caused intense emotions in a crowded room.
The Canadian delegation also took part in a workshop entitled “Keep Cool, Be Happy”, hosted by Valérie Roy, Joanne McMahon and Brigitte Sottile. It was a pleasure for the women to share, laugh and create relationships with their counterparts from other provinces. They also took the opportunity to discuss the continuing lock-out at Ikea in Richmond (British Columbia) and to show their support to families affected by this labour dispute.
“This Conference provides an opportunity for everyone to learn, stay informed and, above all, experience union solidarity and mobilization, i.e. the Ikea lock-out”, explained Brigitte Sottile, Director of Teamsters Canada Education Department. “Our union is strong, in part because it counts amongst its ranks leaders whose community involvement is seen everywhere”, adds Mrs. Sottile.
Teamsters Canada delegates returned to their respective provinces pumped and determined to make a difference in the lives of people they meet on a daily basis.
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.
Nathalie Mayer, Communications Department
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