Teamsters 362 Takes Part In Ride For Recovery

Everyone deserves a fresh start, and the annual 12 Stop Ride for Recovery Motorcycle Road Rally is a great way to give that opportunity to people in Alberta.

The 8th annual ‘scavenger hunt’ style motorcycle rally is a ride that aims to increase awareness about recovery and addiction, while raising funds to help families recover through the Fresh Start Recovery Centre.

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre is a ‘50-bed residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre for men in Calgary’ that was started in 1992. It operates out of a facility that is one of the largest residential treatment centres in Alberta and was built in 2011.

This was the second year Teamsters 362 had supported Fresh Start, with the funds raised at the annual golf tournament going towards the centre two years in a row. This was the first time however, that 362 members from both Calgary and Edmonton took part in the awareness ride. The Teamsters truck also made a special appearance.

The ride took place on Aug 27 and included in one of the stops was a heli ride. The turnout was great for an amazing cause.

For more information visit freshstartrecovery.ca.


Episode 2: Fighting the Stigma

It has been said time and time again that people fear what they don’t understand. This is especially the case with suicide.

The stigma surrounding this issues causes those suffering to stay silent and not share suicidal thoughts with friends, family or health professionals.

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Too often anyone who has died by suicide or has attempted suicide can be seen as ‘weak’ or being a ‘coward. When that is clearly not the case at all and is a stigma that must be stopped.

There are so many ways that we can reduce the stigma surrounding suicide including the language we use, resources we have available and most importantly talking about the issue openly without fear of stigma.

“We can start building towards making those conversations comfortable and normal, so that we can get to the next step, which is how can we help each other,” explained Steven Leong, Executive Director of I Will Survive. “Let’s have conversations with each other about how we can help each other get healthy.”

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In Episode two of our initiative You Are Not Alone, we look at the stigma surrounding suicide and what we can do to end it.

You can make a difference. By sharing our videos and reaching out to leaders and policy makers, you can send a message – we need more funding towards suicide prevention and mental health support in our province. The time for change is now. #YouAreNotAlone


International Brotherhood of Teamsters Election 2016

Please click the link below to view information and the importance to participate in voting in this years' election.

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Episode 1: The Edge – Signs, Symptoms and Solutions

If you have the flu or a broken leg, it is usually pretty easy to figure out where to go to get help and support. With mental health it is not always so easy, because of the stigma attached to talking about it openly.

Unfortunately, this is especially true for suicide.

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Because of this, it is so important for everyone to know the signs, symptoms and solutions to keep someone from being pushed over the edge.

According to Jeanine Hickman, from Some Other Solutions (SOS) in Fort McMurray, it is essential to keep a look out for a physical and behavioural change. This can include isolation, risky behaviours, conversations about feeling hopeless and not caring about things that are normally important to them.

The important thing to note is that there are community supports all over the province that anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is, can access.

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In Episode one of our initiative You Are Not Alone, we look at warning signs and supports available when it comes to suicide. It is important for anyone dealing with this to know that you are not alone.

You can make a difference. By sharing our videos and reaching out to leaders and policy makers, you can send a message – we need more funding towards suicide prevention and mental health support in our province. The time for change is now. #YouAreNotAlone


Alberta Will Officially Increase Minimum Wage To $15

It has been one of the hottest topics since the NDP won the last provincial election in Alberta, and now it is official and on the books.

Labour Minister Christina Gray announced this week that Alberta would officially raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by Oct.1, 2018.

On Oct. 1 of this year, it will rise by $1 to $12.20 an hour and then to $13.60 next year and finally reaching $15 an hour the following year.

That means that as of this October Alberta will have the highest minimum wage of all provinces, although the territories minimum wage remains higher.

The wage will also rise for those in the service industry who have traditionally been paid less than the minimum wage, the reasoning being that they also make tips.

As of this Oct.1 the gap will be removed and servers will make the same minimum wage.

Business groups and opposition critics have been criticizing the plan since it was proposed during the election, saying that these increases are coming much too fast and will hurt businesses already suffering in this economy.

Ric McIver, leader of the Progressive Conservatives in the province, was disappointed with the decision

“The biggest group they’re going to hurt is low-income and poor Albertans, because there will be thousands of hours of work eliminated that would have otherwise been available,” he said. “Today is a very sad commentary on the state of our government.”

Craig Alexander, senior vice-president and chief economist with the Conference Board of Canada, He said in an interview with Global News that when the minimum wage remains around half or less of the average wage, the impact on employment is limited and the average wage in Alberta in August was nearly $30.

Frances Woolley, professor of Economics at Carleton University pointed out that phasing it in will help business plan for increase labour costs.

“From a labour market aggregate point of view as a whole, I don’t think that the negative impacts are going to be very significant," he pointed out.

According to a report by Public Interest Alberta, nearly one in five Alberta workers earns $15 per hour or less.

And it isn’t just teens getting their first job.

The study showed that 77 per cent of low wage earners are age 20 or older, more than 22 per cent of low-wage workers are 45 or older and 60 per cent of low-wage Alberta workers are women.

Whether you agree with the increase or not, the fact is, it is now officially coming.


Teamsters 362 Launches You Are Not Alone – A Suicide Prevention And Awareness Initiative

Talking about mental health both inside and outside of the workplace can be difficult. It is surrounded by stigma, but changes to policy in the last few years have somewhat easier to discuss.

Unfortunately, an aspect of mental health that seems to still be left out of the discussion is suicide. We are losing hundreds of people in our province to suicide each year and we are not doing enough to stop it.

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Recently in Alberta, there are reports of the suicide rate climbing by 30 per cent in 2014 and we currently have the second highest rate of suicide in the country. We can’t let people continue to suffer in silence – if you are struggling, you need to know that you are not alone.

Following the momentum of our previous mental health initiative Make It Mandatory, we are officially launching our campaign #YouAreNotAlone with the aim of raising awareness and preventing suicide in Alberta.

Our eight-part docuseries travels around Alberta to hear from those who have been directly affected by suicide and advocates who are speaking out and trying to raise awareness.

Our series also looks at the state of mental health in the province in the wake of the fires in Fort McMurray and the troubling times in our economy. We examine what resources are needed and where.

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In our trailer for the series, we give a preview of some of the stories and people that we talked to across the province.

You can make a difference. By sharing our videos and reaching out to leaders and policy makers, you can send a message – we need more funding towards suicide prevention and mental health support in our province. The time for change is now.


Robert J. Watson National Bursary

Please click the link below to view information regarding this years' bursary as the online application begins September 15, 2016.

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Young People Becoming 'Work Martyrs' With Precarious Work On The Rise

Popular stereotypes often label the millennial generation or gen why as ‘lazy’ or ‘unmotivated’, but a recent study shows that this is not the case.

Instead of slackers, they’ve coined the term ‘work martyrs.’

The study was published by Time Off, a research initiative launched by the non-profit U.S. Travel Association. It states that “Millennials are the most likely generation to forfeit time off, even though they earn the least amount of vacation days.”

And why exactly is it that this generation have become work martyrs?

According to the research lead of the study, it is because the majority ‘subsist in a precarious work environment, and they don’t want to rock the boat.’

The Canadian Labour Congress defines precarious work as  ‘jobs with undefined hours with low to no wages or contract work’ and ranges from unpaid internships to part-time service industry gigs, work as an Uber driver or freelancers.’

The CLC found that one-third of young workers are in temporary positions, and 13.2 per cent of 15–29 year olds are unemployed. And, along with part-time work, unpaid internships are also on the rise.

Something needs to be done for young people trying to build a future.

Having a union to look out for you means you have someone who can fight for better hours and higher wages, especially important as a young person no matter what type of job you have.

Teamsters Local 362 also protects the rights of young union workers who, in many cases, are only able to get low-level or precarious work. Through the power of collective agreements everyone is guaranteed benefits, job security and also, well deserved time off.