National Day of Mourning

Today is the National Day of Mourning, a day to remember those who died, or were injured or made ill, from their work. It is also a day people are asked to recommit to improving health and safety and preventing tragedies in the workplace.

Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women

One out of every four violent crimes reported to the police is a case of domestic violence, according to Statistics Canada. Women's Shelter Canada indicated in its most recent report that of the 550 shelters it supports, 59% reported a decrease in calls at the beginning of the pandemic. However, as the lockdown measures eased, more than half of these shelters (61%) experienced a surge in calls.

Passing of Aline Lachapelle, a Pioneer of our Union

I was saddened to learn this week that Sister Aline Lachapelle, former president of Teamsters Local Union 1998, passed away. She was the first woman to become president of a Teamster local union in Canada.

Sister Mariam Abou-Dib Appointed Director of Government Affairs Effective Sept. 1

Sister Mariam Abou-Dib has been appointed Teamsters Canada director of government affairs effective September 1, 2020. She will be responsible for working with elected officials and public servants to advance the interests of Teamster members. Our current lobbyist, Brother Phil Benson, will be retiring after a distinguished 18-year career in service to our union.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Message from the President

The official theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, ‘Voices for action against racism’, speaks to the essence of the rights and respect we fight to uphold as union members.

Teamsters Canada, Active on all Fronts

Please accept my most heartfelt wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. May the next twelve months bring each and every one of you good health, happiness, prosperity and endless moments of joyous memories to come.

A Challenging Year

I would still like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. My thoughts especially go out to all those who lost a loved one and who faced other pandemic-related challenges. Stay strong, friends! We are all in this together.

Teamster Leaders Laud Lifting of U.S. National Security Tariffs

Jim Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada, made the following statements today on the lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs...

Labour Day Message from François Laporte

Labour Day, it’s a time to celebrate and honour the victories that workers have made, and to call for continued progress.
Francois Laporte President Teamsters Canada

A Letter From François Laporte

A year ago, I had the honour of being elected President of Teamsters Canada. I know that you work hard for a living, and that you deserve a union that works just as hard for you. That's why I’d like to update you on some of the recent progress we've made.