40th Anniversary of the Prairie Steel Gang Tragedy

On May 28, 1980, a bus filled with engineering services employees known as the 'Prairie Steel Gang' was involved in a tragic car accident in Saskatchewan that became known as “one of the deadliest motor vehicle disasters in Canadian history.” Twenty-two of the crew sadly lost their lives.

In the decades since the tragedy, Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters members from the TCRC - Maintenance of Way Employees Division have made commitments to ensure the safety of the workforce. A roadside memorial now marks the accident so that we can remember these men.

We join our Teamsters Sisters and Brothers throughout Canada in paying our respects on this anniversary of the terrible accident involving Maintenance of Way members. Let us never forget those who have lost their lives in workplace accidents and let us all respect our own workplace safety as well as those workers in all industries.

Read more about the 40th anniversary here:

http://tcrcmwed.teamsters.ca/en/2020/05/25/40th-anniversary-of-the-prairie-steel-gang-tragedy/


Marlene Davie Retirement

Teamsters would like to congratulate Marlene Davie on her retirement! She worked with Garda Pre-Board at the Edmonton International Airport. Marlene retired on Jan. 29 this year with over 22 years of service and membership with Local 362. We wish her the best in the future!


Teamsters Weekly Update for Sep. 1

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.

This week in bargaining, Local 362’ Bargaining Committee met with Matthews Equipment Limited for the commencement of bargaining for the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Stay tuned for further weekly updates to learn about progress on Matthews Equipment negotiations and future meeting dates.

In other news this week, Representatives from Local 362 visited UPS Calgary on Tuesday, Aug. 28 to celebrate the anniversary of the following Members:
-          Meho Karaibrahimovic with 20 years of service
-          Dan Davies with 20 years of service
-          Neal Duczek with 20 years of service
-          Mike Maley 30 years of Service
From all of us at Local 362, we would like to commend the following Members on their hard work over the years but would like to wish you many more years of safe and healthy work with UPS.

On Monday, Aug. 27 representatives from Local 362 attended the official flag raising for the beginning of Calgary Pride 2018 at the McDougal Centre in Downtown Calgary. As mentioned in previous weekly updates, Local 362 is enthused and extremely proud to be taking part in the Pride Parade on Sunday, Sep. 2 starting at 11.00. Come down and join us and show your support for Teamster 362 Pride. For more information on the events taking place throughout the weekend, please visit: http://www.calgarypride.ca/events/


Lack Of Transportation A Major Issue On The Highway Of Tears

Canada is a huge country in terms of land mass, with large areas that are very sparsely populated particularly in the northern areas. That means driving hours to reach a town with resources and supplies.

Without access to transportation hitchhiking becomes the only option and this can be very dangerous.

This is why Highway 16 has become known as the Highway of Tears. The notorious road in northern BC stretches from Prince Rupert to Princes George and hitchhiking is prevalent here.

Women and girls, the large majority Indigenous, have been disappearing or have been murdered along this stretch for decades. The RCMP has reported 18 cases, but community activists believe the total is close to 50.

“A lot of people think that will never happen to us, but it happened to our family," said Mary Teegee in an interview with CBC’s The National. She lost her cousin Ramona Wilson on the highway. “Because of that, I think you look at the need for safety.”

She was one of the community members who pushed for a bus service in addition to the Greyhound that runs along the highway with service that is very infrequent and often at night.

“I think people who don’t live in the north really can’t appreciate the challenge to get to services because of that remoteness,” added Teege.

In 2017, B.C. transit implemented a bus system that travels between Burns Lake and Smithers and it is $5 per ride. It is a good start according to local community members.

But now Greyhound has decided to cut their service, meaning one less means of transportation is available in the area.

The number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada continues to remain at a crisis level. Although not all murders or disappearances happen on the highway of tears, they still represent a serious issue in our northern communities in B.C.

A recent report from the United Nations described action taken by the previous Conservative government to protect aboriginal women as “inadequate”. They said that the lack of an inquiry constituted “grave violations” of the women’s human rights. It also added that failures by law enforcement, had “resulted in impunity.”

As Canadians, we can no longer allow this to continue. Actions have been taken and the problems persist, so we need to do more.

To find out how you can help visit the website for the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). 

 


Albertans Can Help the Government with New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

The new OHS Act, which takes effect June 1, 2018, defines workplace harassment and violence in all its forms, including sexual and domestic violence. The act requires employers and supervisors to ensure workers are not subject to nor participate in harassment and violence and to investigate incidents.

The act protects workers from reprisals and loss of wages while incidents are investigated.

The new act makes joint work site health and safety committees mandatory for larger employers (20+ workers) while smaller employers (5-19 workers) are required to have a worker health and safety representative.

New regulations are needed for the workplace harassment and violence provisions and the training requirements and operations of the health and safety committees.

Albertans have the opportunity to provide written submissions to help government devise the new regulations. The deadline for submissions is April 6, 2018.

Workers benefit from safe, fair and healthy workplaces that are respectful and free from harassment and violence.

A strong health and safety culture supports business and a strong economy by increasing worker morale and productivity.

Albertans get to have a say in regulations that will make their workplaces healthy and safe.

https://www.alberta.ca/OHS-regulations-consultation.aspx


Gary Ellis Retirement

Gary Ellis started with Consolidated Aviation in 1981, at this time they were with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Shortly after Gary started, his wage was $5.84 and was looking for other work due to the low wage and the lack of representation from the current union, until he heard that other co-workers were seeking representation from the Teamsters.

Teamsters successfully stepped in as the Bargaining Agent in 1981 for Consolidated Aviation employees. After the first contract was negotiated, the wage jumped from $5.84 to over $8.00 and after the second contract, the wage again jumped to over $11.00.

Gary is extremely grateful for the strong contracts and the living wage that the Teamsters Contracts brought to the workers of Consolidated Aviation, then PHL and now ASIG by Menzies.

On March 12, 2018 Gary Ellis was presented a gold retirement ring by Business Agent Richard Brown for almost 37 years of continuous service.


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.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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Teamsters 362 Weekly Update March 17

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.
BIG WINS
One of our members named Angelica from First Student Airdrie School Bus was unjustly terminated last year, and business agent Ken Jarvis fought to make sure this was corrected. We fought to make sure she got a settlement.

She said she is thankful for Ken Jarvis and Teamsters Local 362 for standing up for her rights and taking on the fight to make life better for workers and their families.

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CURRENT BARGAINING
Several business agents had a meeting with the Lafarge Edmonton Members to discuss proposals for upcoming bargaining.  This meeting will likely be sidetracked by the reconsideration application.

CURRENT MEETINGS
We will be visiting  Lafarge and Inland sites as there are some concerns that are being dealt with at the Labour Relations Board.

We attended focus meetings with UPS Edmonton North and South this week.

Our business agents Jordan and Shaun attended a CIRA meeting on the topic of Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Overview of Key Legal Principles & Practical Tips for Accommodation.

EXCITING NEWS
Local 362 Vice President Wayne Garner attended the 5th Annual USA Pipeline Steward School and Business Agent and Officer's Conference this week.

As with our own Local 362 Pipeline Division, the future has never been brighter for our US brothers and sisters in the Construction and Pipeline Divisions, as the indications are that the work of both is again on the rise.

The conference welcomed partner employers and representatives from the Pipeline Contractors Association.


12 Stop Ride for Recovery Motorcycle Road Rally

The 12 Stop Ride for Recovery Motorcycle Road Rally is coming up August 27, and Teamsters 362 is looking for sponsors to donate to the cause.

The fundraiser is a motorcycle scavenger hunt to raise awareness about addiction, with donations going to the Fresh Start Recovery Centre.

Local 362 members Shaun Quaghebeur, Rick Eichel, Wayne Garner and Rick Prouty are riding for the cause, and encourage anyone who wants to volunteer or ride alongside to register here: freshstartrecovery.ca/FreshStartTreatment

Teamsters 362 wants to thank all those again who have helped so far, and look forward to the big ride!