Teamsters 362 Highlights Aug 19

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 Jordan Madarash and Lukas Eichel-Fominov had bargaining with ASIG in Edmonton and Calgary this week.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur had a conference call with Lafarge Edmonton about plant allocation for the membership, and the ability to “opt in and opt out” of work at other plants in the Edmonton area. Shaun also pick up the signed CBA for Waste Connections (formerly Progressive Waste) and forwarded the signed copies to the Calgary office to produce booklets for the membership.

Shaun also met with Lafarge Edmonton management to discuss plans on meeting with the membership next week to discuss plant allocation.

Business Agent Ken Jarvis was able to get some members paid for work that the company contracted out without asking employees if they would like to perform that work.

This week at Garda YYC we voted in three new Stewards – John Worden, Samantha Robb and Lukhwinder Mann.

Teamsters Local 362 has sworn in new officers. At the Executive Board Meeting Rick Eichel swore in the following officers to their new positions effective September 1, 2017:

Al Porter was sworn in as Secretary-Treasurer & Principal Officer.

Wayne Garner was sworn in as President.

Rick Eichel swore in Jordan Madarash, Local 362 Business Agent to the position of Vice President, to fill the position left vacant by Wayne Garner’s appointment to President.

Rick Eichel swore in Harbans Minhaus, Shop Steward – Garda World, to the position of Trustee, to fill the position left vacant by Robert Morris’ retirement.

On August 1st 2017 Rick accepted an appointment to Teamsters Canada as a National Representative and National Director of the Parcel Division.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.


Taking a Mental Health Day

Taking a mental health day is something that is easier said then done.

Your workplace may not be a place you feel comfortable discussing your mental health.  Even if your workplace encourages you to discuss it, you may be afraid others will judge you if you actually take a day off to deal with mental health issues.

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It’s still not like taking a sick day, but it should be.

This month Madalyn Parker did take a mental health day and her bosses response to her choice went viral.

Parker sent an email explaining that she was taking a few days off to take care of her mental health. The CEO, Ben Congleton, responded by thanking her for reminding the company of the importance of mental health and helping to ‘cut thorough the stigma.’

But unfortunately not all workplaces are this way.

Kate Toth is a human resources professor at Conestoga College and in an interview with CBC News said that people with mental health issues ‘tend not to disclose, even if it means they won't get accommodations that will benefit them at work.’

The main reason is stigma.

She explained that people are afraid that other employees will judge them and think that they are not competent enough to do their job.

It is an unfortunate reality that our society doesn’t look at mental health the same way they look at physical health. Someone who takes time off to deal with a serious physical illness will not typically get the same reaction as someone who needs to take time off to deal with depression or anxiety.

Change needs to happen because not only is this effecting the overall wellbeing of our society, but also our economy with mental health issues costing the Canadian economy over $50 billion each year. Having resources and a supportive work environment is key for employees dealing with mental health issues.

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This is something Teamsters Local 362 has fought for with our campaigns ‘Make It Mandatory’ and ‘You Are Not Alone’ to make mental health resources mandatory in every workplace across Canada.

Not every boss will react the way Congleton did, but with more people like Parker coming forward maybe more will.


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.


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.


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.


Anti-Union Legislation is Shut Down with Passing of New Bill

As we head into the summer season in Canada, the parliament is pushing through several bills before they take a break.

One bill that was passed through this week was Bill C-4, a bill that was praised by union members and leaders across the country.

This bill repeals two bills that were passed under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, C-377 and C-525.

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Bill C-377 received royal assent on June 30, 2015, on the last day of Parliament and after years of debate. The amendment to the Income Tax Act, targets labour organizations with critics arguing that it is unconstitutional and violates the rights and privacy of all Canadians.

It was also argued that it was designed to ‘smother unions in red tape’ and would require extra costs and time.

Bill C-525 would make the union certification process very difficult, eliminating the automatic card check certification and replacing it with a two-stage process adding a voting process in addition to card signing.

In April, the senate had passed amendments to the bill that changed some of the most important aspects. In May it was rejected.

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"By passing Bill C-4, the federal government has demonstrated it understands the importance of fair labour relations, and the critical role unions play advancing rights for all Canadian workers," said Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff in a press release.

The ability for Canadians to join a union is a right we all have. Higher union membership has been shown to create a stronger middle class and a happier society overall. Unions fight for the rights of not only their members, but all Canadians in the workplace and that should bot be hampered by the government.


Teamsters 362 Highlights June 26

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
Vice-President Wayne Garner attended board of trustee meetings this week. Outside of regular communications throughout the year, the trustees meet twice annually with all our service providers as we work to run our Pension Plan and our Health and Welfare Plans.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur visited Inland membership to discuss the board issues.

Business Agent Jordan Madarash had a grievance meeting with Garda PBS in Calgary.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur continued bargaining with Progressive Waste Edmonton.Business Agent Jordan Madarash is prepping this week for upcoming ASIG bargaining next week for both Calgary and Edmonton.

IMPORTANT NEWS
Business Agent Jordan Madarash attended that national health and safety policy committee meeting for Garda pre board screeners. He is the employee co chair.

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.


Teamsters 362 Highlights June 16

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 Lukas Eichel-Fominov had a step two grievance meeting at Grada pre-board in Calgary.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Business Agents Jordan Madarash and Mary Snider and Vice-President Wayne Garner are in Fort McMurray bargaining for Clean Harbors.

Vice-President Wayne Garner will be in Edmonton charing negotiations for Mammoet, Premay, NCSG Trans Tech and Sarena Canada this week as well.

IMPORTANT NEWS

This week marks the five year anniversary of the HUB Mall tragedy. On June 15, 2012, tragedy struck G4S employees who were also Teamsters 362 members. While performing a routine cash transfer at the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall, Travis Baumgartner fatally shot three of his coworkers, Eddie Rejano, Brian Ilesic and Michelle Shegelski, a fourth, Matthew Schuman, rushed to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Since then we have started a number of mental health initiatives. You can find out more about them here.

Secretary - Treasurer & Principal Officer Rick Eichel and President Al Porter had a meeting with Sarah Hoffmann, Minister of Health and Deputy Premier this week to discuss issues important to Teamsters Local 362 members and all Albertans. A special thanks to Chris Ohalloran for setting this discussion meeting up.

They were able to discuss Kinder Morgan and the trouble union contractors are having getting on a bid sheet when most other pipelines are built safely and efficiently with union labour. This government gets the importance of our oil getting to trading partners.

We further elaborated on the need for legislative and regulatory amendments for Collectively Bargained Multi Employer Pension plans moving to a going concern funding and reporting structure. Al Porter informed the minister how the industry can improve the diversity of the economy by making Alberta more competitive and in attracting motion picture projects.

Lastly we discussed professionals from our industry that would be glad to help with board and panel positions that need filling to run our province. Rick Eichel was proud to say that our Deputy Premier was all ears and one of the most humble and approachable politicians he has ever met.

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.