GPMC donates $400,000.00 to Northern Lights Health Foundation in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, AB - Unions have always supported local charities in communities where their members live and work. They provide financial support for sports clubs, food banks and many other charitable groups.

But sometimes unions give back to the community in a really big way.

A group of 13 unions whose members perform maintenance work on large industrial facilities in the oil sands and elsewhere in Canada has donated $400,000.00 to the Northern Lights Health Foundation, which will benefit the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray.

The donation was formally presented June 24 at a meeting of the General President's Maintenance Committee (GPMC).

Read the full press release here

Victory in Ontario!

"We had to defeat Tim Hudak and his Conservatives in order to send a strong, clear message that a far-right, anti-union agenda is not acceptable in Canada."

- Robert Bouvier President


With the provincial elections in Ontario now behind us, we must all stand together and look ahead to the 2015 Federal Elections. Read the rest of President Bouvier's letter to all of our members across Canada:

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Brianne's Fun Run

Teamsters Local 362 is proud to join Brianne’s L.E.A.P of Hope at the charities annual Fun Run/Walk on June 25th. The event takes place at the Calgary Girls' School in Lakeview and marks 9 years of winding up the school year with Brianne’s Run. The girls will run 5k in support of Brianne’s LEAP of Hope.

truck-event-3This charity was established in the memory of Brianne Zabot, who succumbed to leukodystrophy at the age of 4. Leukodystrophy affects the white matter of the brain, by attacking the insulating layer covering the nerves of the central nervous system. This causes a slow decline in development, loss of motor function, and eventual paralysis. There is currently no cure. Brianne’s parents founded the charity and have organized several annual events in an effort to raise awareness for childhood metabolic diseases and to raise funds for the charities that were instrumental in Brianne’s care.

Over the past twelve years Teamsters 362 has proudly supported Brianne’s L.E.A.P of Hope. Along with the TCRC (Teamsters Canada Rail Conference) annual charity golf tournament, 362 has raised over $350,000.00 in support of children with life limiting illnesses in the Calgary Area. Last years fun run, at the Calgary Girls School raised an impressive $10,809.00.

Brianne was a beautiful young girl who was taken from us too soon. Her all too short life however, made a mighty impact. It is our honour to provide our continued support to this foundation, which supports charities searching for a cure for other terminally ill children.

Don’t forget to come out and cheer on the girls at the Calgary Girls' School on June 25th for the 9th annual Fun Run/Walk in support of Brianne. We encourage you to visit the foundations website at to learn more about Brianne and her journey.

AMTA Truck Rodeo

Anyone who has ever driven can imagine the challenges of operating a transport truck safely and efficiently, and on Saturday, June 21st, at Edmonton’s Griesbach Parade Square, you can see the province’s top drivers in action at the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s Professional Truck Driving Championships. Regarded as the Olympics of trucking, competitors in the AMTA Truck Rodeo compete for prizes and the glory of honorary (and admirable) titles.

RoadeoTop prizes are the Grand Champion and Rookie of the Year, while the Safety Award and Team Trophy are admirable decorations to walk away from the event with. Further titles are awarded to the winners of the following divisions: Straight Truck, Single-Single, Single-Tandem, Tandem-Tandem and Super B-Train. If you don’t know what those titles are now, you’ll have to come and see it happen!

Each driver is challenged in demonstrating his or her ability through rigorous tests, a written examination, personal interview and pre-trip inspection. Ultimately, the skills test is the real crowd-pleaser, as spectators have the opportunity to watch these drivers manoeuvre their trucks through the course! Everyone has passed a transport truck on the highway – now is the chance to watch the drivers do what they do best in a competitive atmosphere.

Check out the slideshow from last year’s event!

Local 362 members love this event as it highlights the driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism of the talented drivers of Alberta. As the Eligibility Rules state, competitors must have performed the regular duties of a full-time professional truck driver for at least eleven months, must not have been employed by more than two employers, must not have had any preventable collisions and must not have had their license suspended, among other quality control rules. But the AMTA Truck Rodeo does more than celebrate the drivers’ skills for one day – it incentivizes drivers to operate safely, legally and professionally year round – otherwise they can’t compete! And who doesn’t like a little healthy competition?

The Teamsters are in support of this culture of safety and professionalism all year. “[The AMTA Truck Rode is] a great incentive for professional truck drivers to operate safely because they must be collision free for at least one year prior to the competition,” says AMTA president and CEO Richard Warnock, “many of the competitors have millions of accident free driving miles to their credit.” At the AMTA Truck Rodeo, you can spectate the true professionalism inherent to the industry.

The excitement doesn’t start and end in Edmonton – competitions happen across the country, with a national competition in Quebec later on in the year. Finalists in each of the five categories move on from the provincial championships, bringing the best of the best against each other to put their skills to the test.

For more information check out the poster for this years event.