Importance of Breaks

Unions have fought for many rights in the workplace. Safe workplaces, weekends and good wages are just a few.

One important right we have in the workplace, that we don’t always think about, is breaks. Taking time out from your work is so important – you need to recharge, eat and have a break from you tasks.

Our members who are employed by GardaWorld as pre-board screening officers in Calgary and Edmonton, are not getting all of the breaks they are entitled to. This is a huge concern, as the safety of airline passengers is in their hands.

Help Support Airport Pre-Board Screeners!

Here are reasons why breaks are so important for all workers.

1.     Breaks keep us focused

Going on a break has been proven to actually refresh your attention span and increase your concentration. It is recommended that people who work jobs that involve inspection or monitoring should be offered frequent short breaks to reduce human error.

2.     Prevents Burnout

According to the American Psychological Association, being able to walk away from your tasks at your job and truly take a break will prevent burnout. Even 10 minutes can lower stress keeping employees healthier and happier.

3.     Prevents Accidents

Fatigue is one of the major cause of accidents on the job and allowing employees to get the breaks they need can prevent this. This is especially important for someone who is in charge of the general public’s safety.

Help Support Airport Pre-Board Screeners!

These pre-board screeners have been guaranteed a certain amount of breaks in the collective bargaining agreement. It is so important that they are allowed to take these for the safety of all passengers and the health of these employees.

 


Teamsters 362 Nominated for Mental Health Award

Mental health is starting to get the attention it deserves, and Teamsters Local 362 has been honoured to be a part of that.

Over the past few years we have launched two mental health campaigns that have created awareness and fought against stigma – Make it Mandatory and You Are Not Alone.

This month we were honoured to have our Vice-President Jordan Madarash and Teamsters Local 362 receive recognition from the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards.

Visit Our Initiative #YouAreNotAlone

Jordan was nominated by Dianne and Mick Ilesic, the parents of Brian Ilesic who was tragically killed on June 15, 2012. On this day, Travis Baumgartner fatally shot three of his coworkers including Ilesic, Eddie Rejano, and Michelle Shegelski, a fourth, Matthew Schuman, was rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

“Jordan came personally to meet us and offer condolences, and offer information that would be helpful,” said Dianne, adding that he was there to support them right from the beginning.

Rob Harkness and his sister also nominated Jordan. Rob is a member of Teamsters and had worked with those involved. After the incident Rob was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and faced scrutiny at work when he courageously shared his struggles. He still doesn’t regret talking about it and said he never will.

Both Rob and the Ilesic’s took part in our mental health initiative by Teamsters 362 called Make it Mandatory, which encouraged people to demand mental health support become mandatory in the workplace.

Visit Our Initiative #YouAreNotAlone

The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction is a charitable organization dedicated to helping reduce stigma related to mental illness and addiction. Each year they put on the True Awards to ‘offer encouragement and recognition to Albertans who have shown commitment, passion and ingenuity in improving the lives of those living with mental illness and/or addiction.’

Although Jordan and Teamsters 362 did not receive the final award, we were honoured to receive a certificate of nomination. We hope to continue with our work to bring awareness to mental health issues.

 


Teamsters Local 362 Highlights Oct. 27

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

The ratification results for the Clean Harbors vote came in with members rejecting the Memorandum of Agreement by 94 pre cent.

IMPORTANT NEWS

President Wayne Garner attended board of trustee meetings all week. These meetings are held at regular intervals throughout the year for the purpose of managing our health and welfare plans and our pension plan. The trustees meet with representatives from Manitoba Blue Cross, Manulife Financial, Greystone Managed Investments, as well as KPMG, Eckler and Prairie Teamsters Administration Services. Our plans provide benefits and pensions to thousands of families.

Vice-President Jordan Madarash and Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov attended GardaWorld pre-board screeners grievance meetings and GardaWorld labour management meetings.


Alberta Pre-Board Screening Officers Deserve Better

When we board a plane, we take comfort in knowing that every step is being taken to ensure the safety of ourselves, family and all fellow Canadians.

And the first line of defence in this process are the pre-board screeners. Our safety is in their hands.

They are not just confiscating liquids and random personal items as you go through security. They are trained extensively to make sure that we are safe when we fly, and it is something that the general public doesn’t always think about.

Help Support Airport Pre-Board Screeners!

Calgary and Edmonton have two of the busiest airports in Canada, and screening officers deal with keeping thousands of people safe every single day. In 2016 the Calgary International Airport had over 15 million people go through its gates, and Edmonton had over 7 million.

These officers deserve to be treated with respect in the workplace.

But unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case.

Just one example is at the Edmonton International Airport, where to date the employees have filed over 900 grievances on the simple issue of taking a break. Individuals have been forced to work full 8 and 10-hour shifts without taking all the breaks they are entitled to. They have experienced changes in rules regarding being able to get access to drinking water, face challenges when it comes to grabbing a snack or even going the washroom.

Help Support Airport Pre-Board Screeners!

How are they supposed to do their job of keeping us safe without being able to properly recharge and refresh themselves?

Teamsters Local 362 has decided to start an initiative to support these workers who are entitled to breaks in their collective bargaining agreement. We need GardaWorld and CATSA to address these issues, and we need Albertan’s to help us make a difference.

By sharing our initiative and reaching out to people who can help change their situation, you can make sure they are no longer treated this way. It’s time to give them a break.


Teamsters 362 Highlights Oct 21

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

President Wayne Garner will be chairing negotiations with Mammoet Canada Western, NCSG Transtech, Sarens Canada and Premay Equipment, where a Memorandum of Agreement has been reached with Premay Equipment. The remaining employer groups are working towards memorandums and the parties have agreed to extend the Conciliation process in an effort to reach a Memorandum of Agreements.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur had bargaining with Peben and they have a memorandum to vote on for later next month. He also had bargaining with Inland Edmonton.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Vice-President Jordan Madarash had a grievance and complaint investigation for Garda pre-board screeners at the Edmonton Airport.

On Sunday Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur has Jack Cooper Edmonton Membership Meeting in the morning and MTE Membership Meeting in the afternoon.

President Wayne Garner attended Joint Council No. 90 meeting where he sits as a Trustee.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov has been working with our new Business Agents Mike Dunphy and Richard Brown to get them in the groove of their new roles. He also visited the airport and had a step three grievance meeting. He has also accepted a new role at the Local as Director of Organizing and Communication.


Fourth Round of NAFTA Talks Doesn't Do Enough For Workers

NAFTA is in the news again after the United States made some aggressive demands for the deal. The fourth round of talks took place in Virginia and is the fourth of seven.

The proposed a ‘sunset clause’ that would want any new NAFTA terminated after five years and a new auto manufacturing proposal that was criticized by Canada, Mexico, unions and car manufacturers themselves.

Download Our Guide On How To Know If Your Workplace Needs A Union!

The U.S. has almost made demands around the dairy industry and trucking.

In Washington, top Teamsters leaders from across North America came together with members of Congress and fellow unions to push forward the message that NAFTA must enforce basic labour rights.

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa applauded Canadian Teamsters for their support in mobilizing the spread of right-to-work laws.

Teamsters Canada President Francois Laporte pointed out that like members in the U.S., Canadian Teamsters recognize that the new NAFTA must contain a new chapter that will protect workers’ rights.

Download Our Guide On How To Know If Your Workplace Needs A Union!

“We appreciate the text tabled by our government, but we want to emphasize that worker rights and protections for indigenous people and women in the workforce are all very important, but that the enforcement is essential,” explained Laporte. “New rights in a new NAFTA won’t be worth much without trade sanctions to back them up.”

Teamsters are participating in talks with the Steelworkers, the AFL-CIO and fellow unions from Canada and Mexico to ensure a successful NAFTA renegotiation.


Labour Day Thank You Letter

Please click the link below to view this years' appreciation letter for the Labour Day donation.

EDLC Letter of Appreciation 2017


Teamsters 362 Highlights Oct 13

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 Agent Ken Jarvis returned from bargaining with Tiger Courier and will put their document forward for members to vote on with Teamsters 362 recommendation to turn their offer down.

Business Agent Bernie Haggarty ratified an agreement for Burnco Calgary shop employees on Oct 4th.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Business Agents and leadership attended the dispatch rules committee meeting with DTL Edmonton Industrial.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov was at the airport last Saturday to visit with members from Garda YYC Pre-board as they were doing shift bid. He and Vice-President Jordan Madarash also had a Step 3 Business Agent meeting at Garda YYC pre-board, where he discussed grievances pertaining to Garda’s uniform policy and the lack of lunchroom and coat room facilities at the airport.

Vice-President Jordan Madarash has been invited to attend the 6th Annual True Awards at the Government House in Edmonton for recognition to Mental Health awareness. Teamsters 362 has been nominated for the award.

President Wayne Garner is in Fort McMurray this weekend attending Clean Harbor member ratification town hall meetings.


Why You Need To Vote On Oct. 16

On September 30, Edmonton was in shock with the news that a terror attack had occurred in the city.

That night, 30-year-old Abdulahi Sharif drove a car into a police constable and stabbed him. He later ran into four pedestrians, causing serious injuries.

Edmontonians, Albertans and all of Canada couldn't believe the news.

“It is vital now that we not succumb to hate, that we not be intimidated by violence, and that we respond with the loving strength of this whole community in support of the victims, and our brave first responders,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We will not be divided.”

However, not all felt the same way.

After the attack Karen Draper, who is running as a Calgary public school board trustee in Wards 12-14, posted her thoughts about the incident on Facebook.

“LGBTQ are you too dumb to see the terrorist attack in Edmonton is your fault as well.”

The post received a huge backlash on social media with thousands of comments.

She said in a statement to Global News  that the choice to post her views was ‘somewhat in response to  the private and public slandering I have had from the LGBT community over my opposition to the GSA and SOGI123 curriculum.’

GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliances and the SOGI_123 curriculum is indented to help support LGBTQ students.

This is a prime example of why it is so important to get out and vote on Oct.16 no matter what part of Alberta you live in. Yes, Draper received a huge reaction on social media, but that will not mean anything if she is elected and gets to make policy decisions for Calgary students.

If you don’t vote, people with exclusive and discriminative views may have the chance to be elected and shape the way our major cities run.

And the last election saw low voter turn outs with around 39 per cent in Calgary and 35 per cent in Edmonton. These numbers are much too low, so we thought we would answer common questions about what you need to vote.

How do I know if I am eligible to vote in the municipal election?

You must be at least 18 years old, be a Canadian citizen, have resided in Alberta for 6 consecutive months before election day and your place of residence must be located in the area on election day.

What do I need to have when I show up to vote?

You need to have one piece of valid identification. The list can be found here.

Do I get time off of work to vote?

Employees have the right to have three consecutive hours to cast their vote while the voting station is open. If the hours of the employee’s employment do not allow for three consecutive hours the employer must allow them additional time for voting.

Where is my voting station?

You can find them on the following websites

Calgary:  http://www.calgary.ca/election/Pages/information-for-voters/find-my-voting-station.aspx

Edmonton: https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/municipal_elections/find-your-voting-station.aspx

Red Deer: http://elections.reddeer.ca/media/reddeerca/election/documents/City-of-Red-Deer-Voting-Stations.pdf


Teamsters 362 Celebrates Alberta Film Announcement

When Alberta Finance Minister Jo Ceci announced the 2017 provincial budget last March, the film and culture industry were left disappointed.

Ceci announced that had made the decision to make cuts to the Alberta Media Fund. Filmmakers, union members and even Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi criticized the move.

But the industry received some good news this week with the announcement of a new Screen-Based Production Grant, that will replace the Alberta Production Grant.

Download Our Guide On How To Know If Your Workplace Needs A Union!

“Strengthening Alberta’s vibrant film and TV industry is part of our government’s plan to support and create jobs, diversify the economy and make lives better for Albertans,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism in a press release.

He added that the government is committed to investing responsibly in areas that will bring ‘the largest economic and cultural benefit to Alberta.’

According to the Alberta Government, the Grant will make $45 million per year available to eligible production companies working in Alberta and will offer productions a cash grant of up to 30 per cent of eligible production expenditures made in Alberta.

It also will up the per-project cap from $5 million to $7.5 million.

Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that awards points based on criteria such as economic or cultural benefit to Alberta, job creation, the use of Alberta cast and crews, the use of Alberta infrastructure.

This comes as good news to those in the industry, including Teamsters Local 362 who represents many members who work in film and television in Alberta.

Download Our Guide On How To Know If Your Workplace Needs A Union!

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

This will definetly help.

Both Porter and President Wayne 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 such as the Revenant or Fargo.

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, and hopefully now it will thrive even more.