Labour Day Message from President François Laporte

Labour Day is more than just a day off. It is, first and foremost, a time to reflect on the big union battles waged before our time… and those that we are still fighting today.

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.

Pandemic Blues

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed our lives. This terrible ordeal requires us to adapt quickly to something out of the ordinary. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that we would ever face such a global crisis?

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...
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.

Let’s Talk About Elder Abuse

June 15 is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s an opportunity to recall just how badly COVID-19 hit our elders.

Teamsters remember Lac-Mégantic

Seven years ago today, a terrible tragedy occurred in Lac-Mégantic. A train with 72 tank cars carrying 7.7 million litres of oil derailed and destroyed the downtown core of this small town in the Eastern Townships, killing 47 people.

Statement on UPS Shooting in San Francisco

I was saddened to learn of yesterday’s workplace shooting at a UPS warehouse in San Francisco, which took the lives of three of our fellow Teamsters. Today, the thoughts and prayers of over 125,000 Canadian Teamster members are with the victims’ co-workers and loved ones...

We Will Never Forget

Eight years ago today, tragedy struck our sisters and brothers at G4S. While performing a routine cash service at the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall, Travis Baumgartner fatally shot three of his coworkers, Eddie Rejano, Brian Ilesic and Michelle Shegelski. A fourth, Matthew Schuman, was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds to the head.

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.