Congratulations First Student Employees!

After a long campaign, meeting drivers, etc, your committee was successful, now we move forward to improve your working conditions at First Student. The Union has sent a letter to your employer to arrange dates to begin negotiations of a Collective Agreement.

View the full notice here!

Any questions or concerns contact Stacy Tulp at 403-990-7888.

Mandatory Episode 2: Lost Loved Ones

On June 15, 2012, Travis Baumgartner fatally shot three of his coworkers, Eddie Rejano, Brian Ilesic and Michelle Shegelski, a fourth, Matthew Schuman, was rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. In this episode of Mandatory we get a true sense of what was lost that day. A great father, a fantastic husband. A wonderful friend, a beautiful smile. A beloved son, a strong mind. Four professionals. Everyday heroes. In memory of these fallen Members, their friends, families and colleagues try to live every day to its fullest. These lives are irreplaceable, and nothing can bring them back. But we can make a change.

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The question is what, and how? The ripple effect of the shootings had had devastating impacts on the mental health of all those involved, as well as their families, friends and colleagues. Mental health is a big part of everyday lives, but is often overlooked; its stigmatization has left people unsure of how to approach it. How do we open up the conversation about mental health? Even better, how do we make it mandatory in every workplace, whether it be union or not?

It is difficult to comprehend, but nothing will bring back these lives; all we can do now is honour them. Let's do so by making mental health support in the workplace a mandatory requirement. Help us rally around cultural influencers and policy makers to push this movement forward. Help us #Makeitmandatory

A New Day For Teamsters

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced today that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of New York have filed an application with Chief Judge Loretta Preska requesting that she approve an agreement to end decades of government oversight over the Teamsters Union. It is anticipated that Judge Preska will approve the agreement.

January 14th, 2015 will go down as a very historic day for our 1.4 million members.

Together Strong!

Edmonton's Food Bank Thank You Letter

Please click the link below to view the thank you letter from the Edmonton's Food Bank

Food Bank Thanks You 01.09.15

Mental Health In The Workplace: Jordan's Journey

Jordan Madarash, Member of Teamsters Local Union 362, has experienced tragedy in the workplace. Four of his fellow employees were shot by a coworker on June 15, 2012 while performing their duties. Eddie Rejano, Brian Ilesic and Michelle Shegelski, employees of G4S, lost their lives that day. Matthew Schuman was critically injured and faced a long road of rehabilitation ahead. As Jordan and the Teamsters searched for answers and a way to prevent an incident like this from ever happening again, they began to realize that the ripple effects of this tragedy reached far and wide. The underlying issue? Mental health and the stigma that is attached to the issue. How can we change this? How do we make mental health support mandatory in the workplace?

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#Makeitmandatory is an online campaign spearheaded by Teamsters Local Union 362. The idea behind it is that if we band together and spread awareness about mental health, then those who need it will seek help when they are in need.

Together, we can make a change. People mustn’t be afraid to ask for help in fear that they will be made fun of, dismissed or face prejudice. When Jordan got married a different feeling came across when he went to work; as his children came along, he realized how much all children need both mom and dad to come home healthy from work.

Tragedy is difficult for the people left behind. What happens when a Member of our union finds themselves falling into a hole? Whether it is an issue like depression, anxiety or just circumstantial hard times, we have to ask: what if there is help? Jordan wonders if this incident might have been prevented.

Ultimately, something positive can come out of it. We need mental health awareness on all job sites, union or not. Help us #makeitmandatory in all workplaces to assist the one in five Canadians struggling with mental health issues – with enough awareness out there, people wouldn't feel bad or embarrassed about asking for help.

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Visit our website and message as many policy makers and cultural influencers as you can. Help us take real action to #makeitmandatory.