Alberta is known for Amazing Films

It is that time of year again when the red carpet is rolled out for awards season. On Feb 27, one of the biggest awards ceremonies will take place, the Academy Awards.

Awards are something Alberta knows a lot about, with more Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe wins in the last decade than any other region in Canada.

And it is more than just Hollywood stars that make a film amazing, it is the whole cast and crew, including union members.

The Teamsters have three motion picture and television specific locals – Local 155 in Vancouver, B.C., Local 817 in New York City, N.Y. and Local 399 in Hollywood, C.A., which extends its jurisdiction to 13 Western States across the USA. Teamsters represent drivers, caterers, animal handlers, mechanics, car painters, picture cars, camera car operators and, with the current exception of Canada, location department and casting directors.

Having more productions in Alberta would only add to our economy, and Teamsters Local 362 has been part of a group that continues to lobby the government to raise the current government funding cap of $5 million per project.

In honour of the Oscars, we thought we would list just a few of the amazing films that have been made in Alberta.

The Revenant

This might be one of the most well-known Alberta films that highlighted one of the best aspects of filming here – the scenery. It won multiple Academy Awards and put a spotlight on Alberta.

Legends of the Fall

This 90s classic was nominated for multiple awards after its release. It was filmed in BC and Alberta, with scenes around Morley and Ghost River.

Unforgiven

This is one of Clint Eastwood’s biggest films and it was shot almost entirely in Alberta. It earned multiple awards including Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Eastwood.

X2: X-Men United

This sequel had several parts filmed in Alberta and ended up being one of the highest growing Marvel Comic book movies of all time.

Superman

This Christopher Reeve classic from 1978 was filmed in locations around Alberta including Calgary, High River and Drumheller.

Brokeback Mountain

This film won three Oscars and the majority of it was filmed in the beautiful Rocky Mountains including Kananaskis, Canmore and Fort Macleod.


Teamsters Weekly Update

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on the latest news within the local. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Bargaining with Progressive Waste resumed this week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Negotiations resume in Calgary this week with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) for a Master Agreement for the Province.

UPCOMING
Local 362 is commencing a trial test run that will be providing a rewards program for its membership. The program is called the Boom Rewards Program www.boomgroup.com

EXCITING NEWS
Last week Teamsters Local 362 leadership was in Fort McMurray to drop off donations to local organizations who needed some assistance after the devastating fire last year. The donations came from Teamsters 362, Teamsters Canada and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and were given to the following:

Fresh Start Recovery

Anzac Volunteer Fire Dept

Fort McMurray Catholic School District

Fort McMurray Public School District

Wood Buffalo Food Bank

Sapree Creek Fire Department (Fire Hall #5)


Work Changes Can Affect Mental Health

Most people spend a large amount of their week at the workplace, and you start to become used to a routine. Co-workers, your boss and even customers can become a stable part of your life.

When there are major changes to that sense of stability, it can greatly affect employees mental health.

A new survey by Morneau Shepell, a human resources consulting company, found that changes in a workplace can have a huge impact, with the largest mental health issues being depression and anxiety.

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This is something Alberta should be taking notice of, with all of the changes that have happened in our provincial economic landscape over the last few years.

The study found that 66 per cent of Canadians polled in the survey experienced at least one organizational change with their current employer and this included anything from team restructuring layoffs, downsizing and job re-design.

Forty per cent said it affected their own health and well-being and 30 per cent said it hurt their job performance.

One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness every single year costing the economy over $50 billion.

Clearly this is an issue that needs to be dealt with, especially as we face tough economic times.

The survey also found that having resources and a supportive work environment were key for employees dealing with mental health issues. There is still stigma that surrounds talking about mental health in the workplace, so knowing where and how to get help is crucial.

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Workers should also be aware of the signs of depression and anxiety in coworkers or themselves. There are several emotional, physical and cognitive signs – the full list can be found here.

Mental health support in the workplace is something Teamsters Local 362 has fought for, not only for our members, but all Canadians.

Following the momentum of our previous mental health initiative, Make It Mandatory, this year we created the campaign #YouAreNotAlone with the aim of raising awareness and preventing suicide in Alberta, and across the country.

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

Local 362 has also taken this initiative further by actively bargaining mental health awareness courses into collective bargaining agreements.

No one should have to suffer in silence in the workplace when it comes to mental health.


Teamsters 362 Weekly Update

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on the latest news within the local. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT BARGAINING

We have concluded taking proposals for Grimshaw Trucking L.P. We toured northern Alberta and Yellowknife and we will began bargaining with the employer on this week.

We were bargaining this past week with ENS Monarch for the second round. We met January 19th for one day and we will continue bargaining until we can bring an offer to the members.

UPCOMING

We met Zenith Membership this past week to give them an update on their bargaining. They usually have a very short period of bargaining, and this time has doubled the usual.  We are set to commence bargaining next month, with mostly only monetary issues outstanding.

This upcoming week, we are set to resume bargaining with Progressive Waste.

President Al Porter and Vice - President Wayne Garner are heading to Fort McMurray to deliver the Teamsters donations for the Public and Separate school lunch program as well as the Wood Buffalo food bank.

There will be a monthly membership meeting for Diversified members is this Wednesday in Ft McMurray.
The negotiations with Grimshaw Trucking commenced this past Thursday in Edmonton.

Teamsters Local 362's monthly Executive Board meeting took place last Friday.

EXCITING NEWS

President Al Porter and Vice - President Wayne Garner spent last week in L.A. doing some marketing with Alberta Association of Motion Picture & Television Unions (AAMPTU). We have been promoting Alberta and our members as a place to shoot the next project to the major studios and other film producers such as HBO, Amazon, Netflix.

We have been meeting with developers for our online dispatch system and that continued this past week. It has been very exciting to see the system starting to take shape.

 


Promoting Alberta Film Industry Is A Must For The Province

Alberta is known for it’s incredible landscape. From the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, our diverse scenery is what has attracted film makers from around the world using our location to imitate everything from Alaska to Iran.

In the last 10 years Alberta has more Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe wins than any other region in Canada.

The film industry is something that has brought in millions of dollars in the province, but it could bring in so much more.

This is highlighted in a recent promotional film put out by stakeholders of the Alberta Screen Industries, which include organizations such as Teamsters 362, IATSE locals 212, 210 669, ACTRA Alberta, Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), Directors Guild of Canada - Alberta District Council and the Alberta Post Production Association.

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Teamsters Local 362 President Al Porter is also the Director of Film and Trade Shows for Teamsters Canada. He pointed out that we need a ‘competitive film credit’ in order to compete with regions in the United States and booming film cities like Vancouver.

Currently, Alberta government funding covers up to 26 - 30 per cent on Alberta project costs, with a cap of up to $5 million per project.

“We would definitely benefit if that cap was lifted,” explained Porter. “When studios are scouting for locations, competitive production incentives are important.”

Porter and Teamsters Vice-President Wayne Garner recently went down to Los Angeles for a promotional trip with the Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU). During this trip the group had meetings about the Alberta film industry with major studios and other film producers such as HBO, Amazon, Netflix.

The Teamsters have three motion picture and television specific locals – Local 155 in Vancouver, B.C., Local 817 in New York City, N.Y. and Local 399 in Hollywood, C.A., which extends it's jurisdiction to 13 Western States across the USA. Teamsters represent drivers, caterers, animal handlers, mechanics, car painters, picture cars, camera car operators and, with the current exception of Canada, location department and casting directors.

Both Porter and Garner said that the film industry in Alberta is extremely important for all aspects of our economy. One example is tourism – people will want to come to amazing locations they have seen in some of their favourite television shows and movies.

AAMPTU continually lobbies the government to do more to help nourish the film industry here. Alberta offers not only amazing locations, but amazing people with a diverse range of skills. Promoting the film industry here in our province will only better our economy and expose more people to how great it is to live and work here.


Shop Steward Profile: Dale Gocuan

At Teamsters Local 362, being a shop steward comes with responsibility but also a lot of rewarding experiences. We decided to ask one of our veteran stewards a few questions about what it means to him.

Dale Gocuan started as a screener at eh Edmonton Municipal Airport in 1991 and moved to Edmonton International Airport in 1996. He is the longest serving shop steward at Edmonton International.

He takes his role very seriously and described it as 'a crusade.'

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One of the main things Dale highlights when looking back on his career is the great partnerships he has had with the business agents at Teamsters, and pointed out that they are always available, evenings or weekends, 24-7. He said in his experience with other unions, it is not always this way.

There are quiet a few battles that have been fought over his years as a steward, but there are some that stick out more than others.
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At one point there was a disagreement with Garda over scheduling and Dale stepped up to take over from 1996 to 2012. During this time grievances over scheduling went down drastically.

He also fought for an overtime grievance for one of his members and when they won at the end, she received enough money to put a down payment on a house.

One of the accomplishments he is most proud of is working hard with the Teamsters to take their collective agreement from a 'very thin' one to one with substance that has become the 'envy of many.'

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The best part of being a steward for Dale is that he gets to educate members on their rights as workers, resolve issues and put his communication skills into action. All of this, while knowing he has the support of his brothers and sisters.

His advice for any new Teamster members is to focus on teamwork. He explained that in the fast- paced world of pre-board screening, teamwork is essential to keep the public safe.


Teamsters Local 362 Weekly Update

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on the latest news within the local. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT BARGAINING

This week there will be round two of  bargaining with Zenith. The first round was last week with 1 and a half days of talks. Bargaining is going as planned.

UPCOMING

There will be a membership meeting this Saturday for UPS South Edmonton.

There will also be meeting this upcoming week for ASIG Edmonton.

Negotiations will start next week for Grimshaw Trucking. Agents have been traveling through Alberta and the Northwest Territories meeting with the membership in preparation of what we expect to be a challenging round of bargaining.

Local 362 belongs to a group named AAMPTU (Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions) and this week Teamsters Local 362 President Al Porter and Vice President Wayne Garner will be in L.A. on a AAMPTU annual marketing trip.

The group meets with various studios with the goal to promote the Alberta film industry. This is very important as the film industry is a very relationship based business. This week we have nine meetings set with various studios such as Disney, HBO, Netflix and more.

Work continues with the creation of our online dispatch system for our members in our Construction, Pipeline and Motion Picture Divisions. Feedback and input from the membership has played a crucial part in this large project.

On Feb. 17 it will be the Building Trades of Alberta night at the WHL Calgary Hitmen versus Edmonton Oil Kings. It is a labour sponsored that will see an exciting game between the Alberta hockey rivals. There are a few tickets left so call the call office if you would like to join us for what is sure to be a great game!


Supporting Gender Equality In The Workplace

There is no disputing that we have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality in the workplace.

Canada has the 8th highest wage gap in industrialized countries and we have even been criticized by the United Nations because of this.

While the wage gap is a huge problem, there are also the issues of maternity leave, lack of managerial roles, harassment and domestic violence.

We recently saw women around the world gather to support equal rights and labour unions have always been a big part of that movement.

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Here are three things you can do for gender equality in your workplace today.

1.     Educate yourself and others

If you are feeling like you are being discriminated against in the workplace due to gender, educate yourself about it. Being part of a union offers a great opportunity to do this. There are training sessions and even large international conferences on women’s rights such as the Teamsters Women’s Conference.

2.     Reach out to someone you trust

One of the best aspects of being a union member is that it is like being part of a family. You know you can trust them to stand behind you, which can be especially helpful when you are faced with gender discrimination. Unions make sure that you are paid fairly and always treated equally. If you feel you are not, you can reach out to a shop steward or business agent to address the issue.

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3.     Support Each Other

No matter what gender you are, you should support your fellow employees in the workplace to make for an overall better environment. If you see someone being treated unfairly, try to support them in whatever way you can. Whether that is offering someone resources or just lending an ear to listen. An inclusive workplace is better for everyone.


Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace

No matter what you do for a living or where you work, there is one thing that all employees need and that is sleep.

In fact, science shows that people need at least nine hours a night every night. Unfortunately, that can be difficult for people in certain occupations.

Recently the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference created a platform for CP Rail employees to self-report if they have been “intimidated into reporting to work fatigued.”

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Conductors and engineers at CP work on an on-call basis without set shift schedules or length, meaning they can be driving a train on little to no rest.

There have been examples of interns working on almost no sleep ending tragically. Just a few years ago in Alberta, Andy Ferguson drove into head on traffic after working 16 hours in a row as an intern at a radio station.

No workplace should allow this to happen,

According to studies, if you get less than seven hours of sleep a night it will impair your cognitive abilities. This could cause mental distress, lack of focus and overall decrease in productivity. Physically, it can negatively affect your health by creating a higher risk of obesity, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. These risks are even more heightened for women.

It is not only important for employees to be aware of how much sleep they are getting, but employers as well. According to research institute Rand Europe, in the US, sleep deprivation causes the loss of about 1.2m working days every year resulting in financial losses of up to $411bn a year.

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No one should have to work to the point of sleep deprivation, and having a union to back you up can help. Being a union member means you can have more stable hours and you can talk to a shop steward or business agent if you feel your work situation is unsafe at any time.

All workers should be able to get an adequate amount of rest before going to work for their own safety and those around them.


Thank You Letter From Local 631

Please click the link below to view the thank you letter from Teamsters Local 631 regarding the end to the ten week strike and the thanks to all the support received during the strike.

Local 631 - Letter of Thanks for Strike Support_