Message From Building Trades Alberta

Click the link below to view the message from Executive Director Terry Parker of the Building Trades Alberta regarding the completion of Phase One of the Sturgeon Refinery.

FINAL Affiliate NWR letter Nov0217

Teamsters 362 Highlights Sep 29

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.


Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur and Susan Davison with Lafarge – Labour Relations met to work on bargaining.  They will hopefully be settling some non-monetary language changes to propose to the bargaining committee for the next time we all sit down.


Vice - President Jordan Madarash had a meeting with Miranda Jimmy, the Ward 5 Candidate in the upcoming Edmonton municipal elections and he also had a Shop Steward seminar.

President Wayne Garner and Vice-President Jordan Madarash attended the Annual Construction Dispatch Meeting as well as Teamsters 362's first Safe and Sound workplace mental health awareness course, presented by our partners at CMHA BC.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur has been working on solidifying the list for Steward training and mental health training this coming weekend.

Both Shaun and Jordan attended the ”Canadian Industrial Relations Association - Medical Cannabis at Work, Implications and Issues” session this week.

Business Agent Ryan Adams met with Grimshaw Trucking to address a few issues arising out of Fort McMurray and Edmonton. He will also be meeting with Grimshaw Trucking Freight on Sunday to decide where to direct the monetary increases that were negotiate earlier this year.

Secretary - Treasurer & Principal Officer Al Porter and President Wayne Garner were at the IBT headquarters in Washington, DC with other progressive local Union officers. The focus of this particular Teamster Leadership Academy was on strategic planning.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel- Fominov was at the Airport with the shift building committee for two days working on the winter bid for Garda YYC with Stewards Riyaz Khawaja, Bruce Young, Harbans Minhas, and long time Member Ajay Ram. They spent around 16 hours discussing shifts and other complex issues that will be dealt with through the grievance procedure.

Teamsters Urge NAFTA Negotiators to Address Labor, Trucking

Please click the link below to view the Teamsters News release in regards to the NAFTA negotiations.


Message from Mr. Robert Blakely

Message from Mr. Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer, Canada's Energy Citizens 


You may recall that I sent this link out a couple of times already.  What is being asked here is that we get people to send something to their MP supporting the Energy East Pipeline.  The site is essentially a webportal not until the one used for Bill C 377.  Anyone who is already on Energy Citizen will have gotten an e-mail from the site.  It could pay a lot of dividends if we got a lot more people to go to the site and  register (it takes a few seconds) and send something especially in ridings held currently by the Liberals.


Once again the site is please send this out to your networks asap and see if we can generate a few 100,000 responses


Canada's Energy Citizens




Teamsters 362 Highlights Sep 22

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.


Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur took part in bargaining with Lafarge Edmonton this week and also had Shop Steward training seminar prep.

Business Agent Ryan Adams will be finalizing the Wolverine Transports and Rebel Transports Memorandum of Agreements.


President Wayne Garner and Vice-President Jordan Madarash were at the 2017 National Industrial Relations Conference

President Wayne Garner attended the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Women's Conference in San Antonio with Stewards Sarah Ashmore MacDonald from Ft. McKay in Fort Mcmurray and Pei Vanden Brink from the Edmonton airport as well as our Recording Secretary Yvonne Bruyere from Grimshaw Trucking.

Secretary - Treasurer & Principal Officer Al Porter was at the Building Trades of Alberta annual convention in Jasper with Business Agents Ken Krawchenko, Bernie Haggarty and Rick Prouty and two of our industrial construction and members Chance Hrycun and Gord McCabe. The convention is where the BTA plans their next year's agenda. He also listened to presentations on the new Alberta labour code reports from legal council and attended an organizers panel describing how to work within the new Labour code.

Teamsters 362 Weekly Highlights Sep 15

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.


Business Agent Ken Jarvis ratified the Anixter agreement with a 100 per cent yes vote last weekend. It’s a five year agreement and wages increase 7 and a half over the term, with an increase in boot allowance sick days that are paid at 100 per cent at time of use instead of 75 per cent of pay.

ASIG Edmonton was also successfully ratified with a new 5 year deal by 100 per cent.


Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur had grievance meeting with Jack Cooper Edmonton. He also had a meeting with MacCosham (P&D division) about signatures for the CBA.

Shaun was successful in settling a termination prior to arbitration with DTL Edmonton, with the member being reinstated with seniority in tact and the termination was replaced with a minimal suspension on file. The member was also awarded with a monetary sum for lost wages due to the unjustified termination.

Vice-President Jordan Madarash will be participating in the Breaking the Silence walk Saturday with his family to try and end the stigma and help youth with mental health support.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov and Richard Brown attended a grievance meeting with production El Chicano and later in the afternoon had a separate meeting with the Production Manager and other Unions and Guilds to discuss Safety on Set. Lukas also had a Health and Safety Committee at Garda YYC preboard to attend the health and safety meeting.

President Wayne Garner presented a retirement award to Roy Thomas who is retiring from Clarke Transport after 29 years of service. Roy was a long time steward whom Wayne had the pleasure of being his Business Agent with when he first started my career at Local 362.

Wayne also had a Diversified Oilsands members meeting in Fort McMurray. He also met with Fort McKay steward to discuss workplace issues. He will also be traveling with Stewards Yvonne Bruyere (Grimshaw Trucking) and Sarah MacDonald (Fort McKay Group) and Pei Vanden Brink (Edmonton Airport) to the IBT Women’s conference in San Antonio Texas.

Teamsters Local 362 Update

An incident took place in the late evening of September 6, 2017 while filming a stunt scene that involved two cars colliding. It was performed by a stunt coordinator and the special effects department. During this stunt an individual sustained injury, bringing into question the overall safety on set. While no Teamsters were injured, General Teamsters Local 362 in conjunction with ACTRA, IATSE 212, IATSE 669, and The Directors Guild of Canada have met with officials from the production on Monday September 11 to ensure that safety is held to the highest standard and to assure that the safety of all membership of each union and guild are protected and acknowledged, by not only legislation, but also by the production.

Teamsters 362 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.

Clean Harbours bargaining with President Wayne Garner and Vice-President Jordan Madarash co-chairing resumes in Fort McMurray Tuesday through Thursday with the help of a mediator. The bargaining committee reached a Memorandum of Agreement that they will be recommending the membership accept. There will be several town hall meetings and for those of the members unable to attend there will be a website with all relevant information. The voting process will be held electronically with the help of Intelivote systems Inc.

Wayne noted that it was a pleasure to once again be bargaining for this group of members. He said he would like to thank the committee members Jordan Dow, Jim Rogers, Lee McNulty, Dean Farr and Dustin Herb's for there insight, guidance and participation at the bargaining table.

Business Agents Lukas Eichel-Fominov, Richard Brown and Vice-President Jordan Madarash worked with ASIG Calgary to ratify their new five year deal on Wednesday Aug 23 by 100 per cent and ASIG Edmonton will be voting on their recommended Memorandum of Agreement.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur is finalizing the ratified Lafarge GP CBA draft and once this is completed he will be sending it to the company for checking and signatures.

Teamsters 362 Introduces New Leadership

Just as we come into the end of the summer, Teamsters Local 362 has sworn in new officers. Although it will be sad to see some of our amazing leadership retire, we won't forget how much they have contributed to the local. As they move on and we introduce who will be filling the positions, we thought we would take a look at the new leadership.

New Positions

At the last Executive Board meeting, Rick Eichel swore in the following officers to their new positions effective September 1, 2017.

Al Porter – Secretary-Treasurer & Principal Officer

Al Porter has taken the position of Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer after serving previously as President. He said he is relying on all of the valuable lessons he has learned during his long career with Teamsters 362 to help him as he takes on this role.

“There are a lot of younger people coming into new positions in the union and you want to get it right for them,” he said of the new role.

He said he looks forward to ramping up the organizing for 362 and to keep doing his best to represent the members of Teamsters 362.

Wayne Garner – President

Wayne Garner was previously in the position of Vice-President and said it was ‘an honour’ to be sworn in by Rick Eichel alongside his colleagues.

Wayne said he wants to focus on improving communication with the membership and helping them feel a sense of ownership and pride in the union. He also hopes to continue advocating and creating awareness about important social issues.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge and will approach my role inspired by the past leadership of our great Local Union,” he said.

Jordan Madarash – Vice-President

Jordan Madarash has moved from the role of Business Agent to Vice-President and described the transition as a huge honour. He said he is looking forward to the challenges and his main goal is to be there for the membership and represent them.

“I think of some of the previous names of those that held this position prior and I truly feel inspired,” said Jordan. “To have been included in the history of this great Local, I will do everything in my power to not disappoint the current leaders.”

He said he would love to see the local grow in volume and solidarity,  and now is the time to make the local even better and stronger.

Harbans Minhaus – Trustee

Harbans has been with the Teamsters since 2004 and will be taking over Robert Morris’ place on the Executive Board. He said he is very proud to be a member of the Trustees and he is excited to learn more about the roles in a union.

“It is a big responsibility,” said the Shop Steward. “I want to see the progress of the union and the members to be protected properly and fairly.”


We also said goodbye to two important members of the Teamsters 362 family – Rick Eichel and Robert Morris.

Rick Eichel – retiring from position of Secretary-Treasurer & Principal Officer

Rick Eichel will be retiring from his position of Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer and moving on to take a position with Teamsters Canada. He will be the Director of the Parcel Division, communicating to the local unions and chairing the negotiations in this area.

Rick was hired in 1989 as a Business Agent with Teamsters Local 362 and served as President from 1991 to 2008 before moving onto Secretary Treasurer.

A lot has changed in the local over those years.

He recalled that when he first started, the local did not own any buildings and now they have three office buildings across the province and a condo for accommodation. He is also proud to say that the Local is at a point where it is financially stable, which means they are able to tackle any battle and negotiate better contracts for the members.

He said he is also extremely proud of the day-to-day representation the local is able to provide to its members, not to mention the amazing benefit plans and health and welfare plans that have both grown over the years.

As for a final message to the union members he has led for so many years, Rick stressed the importance of participation and attending meetings.

“A union is like a gym in that you only get out of it what you are prepared to put in,” he said. “You need to know what your union stands for and stand behind it.”

He pointed out that his career would not have been possible without former Secretary Treasurer Roy Finley, who left him a union that he said was in great shape.

With a little more time for himself, Rick said he is excited to get to take a vacation from time to time and to get out and ride his motorcycle a bit more. He stressed above all else however, that he will always be there for local 362.

Robert Morris – retiring from position of Trustee

Robert has been working in the armoured car industry for many years and has been a proud Trustee with Teamsters 362 during that time. He said that he is happy to let younger people take part in being on the Executive Board as he moves on.

“The industry has grown so much in terms of wage parity and benefits with 362,” he said. “We’ve worked towards better collective agreements. Because of the union, people in the armoured car industry overall have a better standard of living.”

He said in retirement he is looking forward to spending time with his six grandkids and travelling with his wife.

Teamsters 362 Highlights Aug 28

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.


Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov and Richard Brown are voting the MOA of Agreement this week for ASIG Calgary at the Acclaim Hotel.

Business Agent Ken Jarvis has an offer this week to take a ratification vote for the Anixter group. Sept. 9 is the day of the vote.


Members of the 362 Leadership team were in Montreal this week for the 50th Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference.

Business Agent Ryan Adams was at the Canadian Freightways in Edmonton on Friday to walk through the facility to address some safety concerns recently brought to his attention.

Business Agent Jordan Madarash had a labour management meeting with Garda PBS Edmonton and the Shop Stewards.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel- Fominov and Richard Brown volunteered with the Kenworth at the Millarville Fair. Lukas also had  meeting with two Shop Stewards that work in the non-passenger screening of vehicles to discuss issues they are having. He also had a meeting with two new Stewards that were elected last week all happening with Garda World Pre-board Screening. The new Stewards are Lukhwinder Mann, John Worden
and Samantha Robb.

This week Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur had membership meetings at Lafarge Fort Saskatchewan, Lafarge Nisku, Lafarge PetroWay, Lafarge Stadium and Lafarge Winterburn to discuss plant allocation and opt in and out.


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.