François Laporte, President, Teamsters Canada

Sisters, Brothers,

Our union’s international election has come to an end. I’d like to thank all the candidates for their hard work, and congratulate General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall on their re-election.

Above all else, I would like to thank the thousands of Canadian members who voted, and all those who got involved to encourage their fellow Teamsters to exercise their right to vote.

During this election, we all sacrificed time at home with our families, and we all had to work twice as hard during the day so we could spend time campaigning at night and on weekends.

Because of your hard work, Canada was the only part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that improved voter turnout from previous years. Without your commitment to your union and its democratic process, this would not have been possible.

Canadian Teamsters have always been proud members of this international union — a union greater than any border. Workers in Canada have the same challenges, aspirations, and often the same employers as workers in the United States. By working together and in solidarity, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

I would like to personally thank you for your work and your efforts.

Together, we are and will remain stronger.

See you soon,

François Laporte
Teamsters Canada