Teamsters 362 Highlights July 31

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on what is happening within the local and what our business agents are doing outside of their daily responsibilities. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Business Agents Ken Jarvis and Ryan Adams have bargaining with Tiger Courier this week.

Business Agents Lukas Eichel- Fominov and Jordan Madarash have bargaining with ASIG in Calgary this week.

This week Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur will be bargaining with Lafarge Grand Prairie.

IMPORTANT NEWS
Shop Steward nominations have been made for Jack Cooper Edmonton as the Shop Steward election will follow.

UPCOMING EVENTS
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will be taking place in Alberta on Aug 12 - 13 and Teamsters 362 will be taking part. Proceeds will be benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Find out more information about how you can take part http://ab17.conquercancer.ca/.

The 12 Stop Ride For Recovery has announced a date for its ninth year, and Teamsters 362 is proud to take part in it. The fundraiser is a 'scavenger hunt style' motorcycle ride to increase awareness of addiction helps us raise funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Centre. This year it will take place on Aug. 26. Come and meet some of the staff and executive from Teamsters 362 who will be taking part in the ride.


Survival Jobs Hidden in Canada

For the last few months’ job numbers in Canada have been on the rise. This is definitely a positive thing or the province of Alberta where we have experienced a large recession.

Alberta's unemployment rate has been steadily declining and currently sits at 7.4 per cent, dropping 1 per cent in just the last few months.

While many are cheering, the truth is that the numbers actually hide a growing problem – the rise in ‘survival jobs’ or what is also referred to as precarious work.

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A recent article by CBC news pointed out that these jobs are still counted in job numbers released in statistics. A job is just counted as a number. No one takes into account job quality, and this is hurting our economy.

The majority of people in these types of jobs are youth, women and racialized workers. Meaning that already marginalized groups have no protections in their jobs and don’t have a lot of ability to move up the ladder into meaningful work.

They become trapped.

Last year the federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told Canadians that they should get used to this type of ‘job churn’, but not all members of the Liberal Government feel that way.

In a recent interview with Rabble Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said that she hopes to ‘put an end to precarious work abuses', such as part-time workers being paid less than full.

She is also hoping other provinces will follow her lead.

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Most of the issues associated with this type of work tend to come up because workers have no one to stand up for them in the workplace. If they do bring up an issue, it can be easily dismissed or the employee can simply be fired.

In these precarious jobs people lack the ability to join a union, which can improve not only the quality of life at work, but home life as well. Unionized employees have better wages, more job security, benefits and the comfort of knowing they have support in the workplace.

So next time you see job numbers rising, be sure to look beyond just the stats and think about those who are left surviving paycheque to paycheque with precarious employment.


Erratic Scheduling Needs to Stop

Precarious employment is a major issue in Canada, but one aspect of it in particular needs immediate attention and that is scheduling.

For people who work a ‘typical’ 9 to 5 job, this issue is not something you have to think of too often. You know what time you work on what days of the week, and you are able to plan you work-life balance around that.

Doctors appointments for the kids, camping on the long weekend or an aunt’s birthday dinner– these are all things that can be managed when you know when you have to be at work.

This is not a reality for people in precarious employment.

In Alberta, the current legislation states that ‘an employee must not be required to change from one shift to another without at least 24 hours written notice and at least 8 hours rest between shifts.’

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A notice of one day does not allow for a lot of flexibility for you personal life or personal finances. If your shift is cancelled, you do not get paid and you are not guaranteed to make up that money anywhere else.

According to recent research, people who are working in retail, health care and restaurants are most commonly victims of erratic work schedules and also tend to be young women of colour. These also are almost overwhelmingly industries that are non-union.

And there are many benefits to the employers who use erratic scheduling.

In a recent article from the Toronto Star the pointed out that it ‘allows companies to spend less on payroll when sales are down.’ They also avoid obligations to pay medical or dental benefits.

Workers are left in a spiral of part-time work, multiple jobs and instability and it is clear we need change. This change can help not only workers, but employers.

Many critics of erratic scheduling have pointed out that stable jobs mean stable income, which can create economic growth. Secure jobs also create lower turnover and higher productivity at companies.

Some companies and governments are taking notice.

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Gap has said that by the end of September all five of its brands – Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap, Intermix and Athletica – will end their on-call scheduling. Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria’s Secret have also made similar claims.

In the United States Seattle, San Francisco and New York City have all passed laws related to irregular scheduling, and Oregon is following suit.

Not only can companies and politicians push for change, unions can also help these vulnerable workers.

Unionized workers have their rights protected through collective bargaining and have the union to back them up if an employer tries to change schedules, take away pay or not provide benefits.

We have fought hard over the last few years to raise the minimum wage for many across the country and now it is time to pay attention to scheduling.


Sears Canada Restructuring Process Leaves Many Former Employees Worried

When Sears announced it was going to seek court protection because of deep financial troubles, many Canadians were disappointed about the announcement. Sears has been around since the 1950’s and has become a part of Canadian history.

But it’s what happened to many Sears employees, that really grabbed the headlines this summer.

The restructuring process put in place by Sears includes closing 59 stores across Canada and the laying off of nearly 3,000 staff members. To make matters worse, staff members will not receive any severance.

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In addition, Sears had asked the court for permission to ‘immediately halt payments for pension, health and dental benefits for former employees, retirees and surviving spouses due to a severe cash crunch.’ On July 13 it was decided that they would continue payments to retirees until Sept. 30.

Since the initial announcement, there have been several stories of employees who worked at the store for decades being treated ‘like ants at the bottom.’

Many don’t know how they will pay their mortgage, rent or even buy groceries for their family.

But senior management is going to be just fine through the restructuring.

Sears announced they will pay up to $7.6 million in retention bonuses to executives and senior managers who work at the company’s head office in Toronto. That means that they will earn an additional 25 to 100 percent on top of their base salary.

Although Sears pointed out that this is very common in restructuring processes, that doesn’t mean a lot to long time employees with no protection.

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This type of treatment of workers should not be allowed in Canada. You should be rewarded for dedication and years of service to a company, not punished and left in financial turmoil.

Unions have the backs of their employees and level the playing field. A collective agreement ensures that your seniority and wages are protected. Teamsters 362 also offers an excellent pension plan for its members, ensuring that when they retire they are not struggling.

When you dedicate years of your life to an employer, you should not end your career worrying about your future.


Teamsters 362 Highlights July 18

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on what is happening within the local and what our business agents are doing outside of their daily responsibilities. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT MEETINGS
The monthly executive board meeting was held this Friday with 362 leadership.

President Al Porter attended the motion picture division meeting in Vancouver with representation from the locals  across Canada and Local 399 in Hollywood and Teamsters 817 New York.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov held a union Info session on Wednesday at the Airport for Garda World YYC.

CURRENT BARGAINING
This week Vice-President Wayne Garner had bargaining with Mammoet, Premay, Sarens Canada and NCSG Trans Tech.Business Agent Ryan Adams continues bargaining with Heavy Haul.Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur completed the Memorandum of Agreement for Waste Connections Edmonton (formerly Progressive Waste) on Monday and then held voting for the Memorandum of Agreement at Waste Connections from 2 AM to 2 PM.

IMPORTANT NEWS
Business Agent Ken Jarvis won a grievance this week and was able to get a five-year employee reinstated at National Diabetes Trust.

Last Saturday Dave Frost , Leona Frost, Luke Eichel, Stacey Tulp attended and volunteered at the Stampede Breakfast of Calgary Cross with MLA Ricardo Miranda on July 8. We also had the Teamsters Truck and trailer there providing the stage.

UPCOMING EVENTS
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will be taking place in Alberta on Aug 12 - 13 and Teamsters 362 will be taking part. Proceeds will be benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Find out more information about how you can take part http://ab17.conquercancer.ca/.

The 12 Stop Ride For Recovery has announced a date for its ninth year, and Teamsters 362 is proud to take part in it. The fundraiser is a 'scavenger hunt style' motorcycle ride to increase awareness of addiction helps us raise funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Centre. This year it will take place on Aug. 26. Come and meet some of the staff and executive from Teamsters 362 who will be taking part in the ride.


Islamophobia in the Workplace

Canada is known as a country that is accepting of others – a cultural mosaic made up of different languages and cultures. We also strive to make our workplaces reflect this diversity.

But the problem of Islamophobia has become an issue in Canada, both inside and outside of the workplace.

The most recent example took place in Alberta when Amino Rashid was fired from her oilsands job with Newcast Contracting Inc, a subcontractor of Husky.

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She said she and two other colleagues were fired after complaining about an incident of Islamophobia. She has issued a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

The energy company has launched an inquiry, saying that it requires all of its contractors ‘to comply with its workplace diversity policy.’

"Given the seriousness of these allegations, we will be investigating with the contractor to ensure all of Husky's policies and procedures were being followed," spokesperson Mel Duvall wrote to CBC News.

Islamophobia isn’t just an Alberta problem, it has been an issue across Canada.

According to Statistics Canada the number of police-reported anti-Muslim hate crimes jumped by 60 per cent in 2015.

So what can be done in the workplace for anyone who is facing Islamophobia or any type of discrimination?

First, make sure you document what is happening. Keep a written record of any incidents of discrimination you or your coworkers face in the workplace. Make sure the descriptions are detailed and include names, dates and times, and be sure to keep it somewhere safe and secure.

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Also, tell someone in the workplace that you trust about what is happening. If you are unionized, reach out to a Shop Steward – they are your union representative in the workplace. They are there to make sure your rights are protected on the job.

Unions have fought hard against all forms of discrimination in the workplace, including Islamophobia. No matter your race, religion or gender, you always deserve rights at your place of work and shouldn’t have to worry about losing your job.

Canadians pride themselves on being a country that is diverse and open to all cultures. As incidents of Islamophobia rise, we need to all do our part to show that we will not accept this kind of hate in the workplace or anywhere in society.

 


Teamsters 362 Highlights July 7

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on what is happening within the local and what our business agents are doing outside of their daily responsibilities. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT MEETINGS
Business Agent Ryan Adams was bargaining this week with Wolverine ‎Pipeline Trucking Agreement and he expects to have a Memorandum of Agreement by the end of the week.

Business Agents Lukas Eichel-Fominov and David Frost met with Garda management and shop stewards to have a meeting with CATSA to discuss re-certification and issues around retraining.  They are also working on weekly updates regarding info pertaining to the collective agreement for Garda World Calgary and putting together an agenda for the upcoming labour management meeting,

CURRENT BARGAINING
This week Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur worked on Lafarge Edmonton and area proposal document and had bargaining with Lafarge on Friday.

IMPORTANT NEWS

This week members of the leadership will be heading to the Teamsters Canada Convention in Vancouver. Every four years, Teamsters Canada holds a convention that brings together representatives, delegates and local officers to discuss the issues of the day, debate ideas, and tackle the problems facing the membership. Convention XII will be held in Vancouver, from July 2nd - 6th

Business Agent Ryan Adams reached a Memorandum of Agreement with Grimshaw Trucking (clerical agreement). They will be voting on the Memorandum July ‎16.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We will be attending two Stampede Breakfasts this upcoming week. One will be on July 8 at 5401 Temple Dr NE and the other is a breakfast happening July 11 at the Currie Building to help support the Military Families Resource Centre.

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will be taking place in Alberta on Aug 12 - 13 and Teamsters 362 will be taking part. Proceeds will be benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Find out more information about how you can take part http://ab17.conquercancer.ca/.

The 12 Stop Ride For Recovery has announced a date for its ninth year, and Teamsters 362 is proud to take part in it. The fundraiser is a 'scavenger hunt style' motorcycle ride to increase awareness of addiction helps us raise funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Centre. This year it will take place on Aug. 26. Come and meet some of the staff and executive from Teamsters 362 who will be taking part in the ride.


Closing the Gender Gap Could Add $150 Billion to the Economy

Finding a way to close the gender gap is not only good for women in Canada, but also the economy.

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute found that progress in getting more women into managerial positions, entrepreneurship and the workplace in general could add $150 billion more to the Canadian economy by 2026.

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They said that better public and private policies could help grow the annual GDP by 0.6 per cent. The report said the the effect would be the same as adding a whole new financial sector to the economy.

Unfortunately, there are some trends that are troubling.

One major issue is the lack of women in leadership or managerial roles. A study from 2015 found that nearly three quarters of working Canadian women are in roles below the management level. They make up nearly half of all entry level positions, despite the fact they outnumber men at post-secondary.

Another is that women’s labour force participation rate is decreasing and has been since the 1990’s. This is expected to continue unless something is done.

There is also the gender pay gap in Canada that the United Nations described as ‘concerning.’ Women earn $0.82 for every dollar earned by a man.

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Under no circumstances are there any Teamsters agreements where men and woman receive a different pay rate for the same job. Men and women deserve equal pay and it is something the union strongly believes in.

In fact, studies have shown that being a member of a union can help narrow the gap for women. Union members earn on average $5.28 per hour more than workers without a union and women earn $7.10 per hour more on average with a union, getting paid more fairly.

Any way you look at the workplace and women’s roles, it is clear that we need to make changes for the good of all Canadians.


Teamsters 362 Weekly Highlights

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on what is happening within the local and what our business agents are doing outside of their daily responsibilities. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT MEETINGS

Business Agent Jordan Madarash had a grievance meeting with ASIG Edmonton, Garda Physical, Garda Cash and Garda Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray.

Jordan also visited the membership at the Edmonton International Airport and Brinks Edmonton.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur and other Teamsters 362 leadership met with the Lafarge Edmonton and Area membership to discuss the recent events within Lafarge, and what decisions resulting from the applications in front of the Board means to them.

This week the leadership had their monthly executive board meeting.

Vice-President Wayne Garner chaired multi employer bargaining with Mammoet and Premay and NCSG Trans Tech and Sarens Canada.

CURRENT BARGAINING

Business Agent Ryan Adams started bargaining with Grimshaw Trucking Clerical and he anticipates having a document for the membership to vote on in the near future.Ryan also continues bargaining with the Heavy Haul this week. Both parties continue to table language proposals and will be discussing monetary proposals in these upcoming meetings.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur met with the Inland Acheson membership in Edmonton to discuss the issues at the Board again, and continue handing out information packages to them.

Shaun also had Inland/Stel-Marr Common Employer Application vote, as ordered by the Board.  This vote will determine if the Inland/Stel-Marr group will be unionized or not.

IMPORTANT NEWS
On Saturday members of the leadership will be heading to the Teamsters Canada Convention in Vancouver.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov is getting ready to start engaging members from Garda Pre-board YYC by spreading surveys for important issues of the CBA for proposals later this year. He also has as “know your contract” postings going out weekly, outlining specific articles and sections of the agreement to engage membership.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will be taking place in Alberta on Aug 12 - 13 and Teamsters 362 will be taking part. Proceeds will be benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Find out more information about how you can take part http://ab17.conquercancer.ca/.

The 12 Stop Ride For Recovery has announced a date for its ninth year, and Teamsters 362 is proud to take part in it. The fundraiser is a 'scavenger hunt style' motorcycle ride to increase awareness of addiction helps us raise funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Centre. This year it will take place on Aug. 26. Come and meet some of the staff and executive from Teamsters 362 who will be taking part in the ride.