Teamsters Step Up to Help Those Affected By Hurricanes

One of the most important aspects of being a union member is solidarity. When one member is in trouble, they have their brothers and sisters to stand by them and support them.

This crosses over the boundaries of locals, unions and countries. A recent example of this is the financial support Teamsters Canada has given towards the Teamsters Disaster Relief fund.

Canadian Teamster local unions and joint councils, along with Teamsters Canada, have raised over $100,000 for the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund. The donation comes in response to three back-to- back hurricanes that hit the United States in less than a month.

Hurricane Harvey hit first displacing over 30,000 people and killing at least 75. Irma was next causing over $60 billion in damages and killing 130. And finally there was Maria, that has killed at least 68 people and has left Puerto Rico with catastrophic damage.

“As Teamsters, we have a duty to assist our sisters and brothers in their time of need. The level of devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria demands action,” stated François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada.

He pointed out that borders will not stop ‘Teamsters from helping Teamsters’ and thanked all Canadian local unions for taking part in the fundraising.

The Teamsters down south have also recently teamed up with the AFL-CIO to recruit truckers to travel to Puerto Rico and help distribute a stockpile of relief supplies.

According to CNN, there are shipping containers full of supplies such as food, water and medicine that are sitting unused do to a lack of truckers and fuel.

The Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is a charity developed in 1991 to assist Teamster members who suffered a loss from a natural disaster. The fund proved to be a key tool to support members in times of crisis like the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina, the East Coast for Hurricane Sandy and countless other natural disasters.

If you would like to help those who have been devastated by these hurricanes, visit tdr.teamster.org to donate to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund.


Canadians Honour Fallen Workers With Day of Mourning

Going to work is something millions of people across Canada do every day. Whether you are working in construction or sitting behind a desk, no one should ever have to feel unsafe in their workplace.

Unfortunately, every year we have workplace fatalities in Canada. On April 28 we remember those who have been injured or have lost their lives with the Day of Mourning.

In Alberta we lost 144 women and men to workplace injury or illness in 2016.

On Parliament Hill and at government buildings across the country flags will fly at half-mast and there will be a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

What was known as the Day of Remembrance was originally launched in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, and in 1991 the Government of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 the official Day of Mourning.

It has now spread to over 100 countries around the world, in hopes that this day will help to establish healthy workplace conditions  around the world.

The latest statistics from the Workers Compensation Board of Canada shows that in 2015 there were 852 workplace deaths in Canada. They also found that there were 232,629 claims for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease and 8,155 of those were from workers 15 to 19.

There will be events across Alberta to honour the day:

Edmonton and District Labour Council
Amphitheatre in Borden Park at 12:15 p.m. For more details, please visit the Edmonton and District Labour Council's website.

Central Alberta Chapter and Parkland Regional Safety Committee
Red Deer City Hall (west-side steps) at 11 a.m.

Calgary Day of Mourning Committee
SAIT Aldred Centre at 11 a.m.


Teamsters 362 Weekly Update Feb 2

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.

CURRENT BARGAINING

We have been bargaining with ENS a Division of Monarch Transportation, MTE Logistics Calgary and Triple Random Edmonton.  Bargaining is ongoing and challenging as a result of the economic situation.

Bargaining started this week with Triple Random, which is one of our heavy haul companies where our members primarily service the mining industry.

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UPCOMING

Challenges continue in the pursuit of a first Agreement for the Membership at CEDA Industrial Services

Proposals starting next week for Grimshaw Trucking.

Local Union representatives attending Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal hearings this week related to a work refusal in the Armoured Car Industry.

We have taken proposal meetings for ASIG (Refuelers) at the Calgary airport and have upcoming meetings for the members at the Edmonton airport in the coming weeks for bargaining a renewal of their current CBA.

We are currently in the process of revamping the website with a bold new look and we will be debuting it soon!

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SUCCESS STORIES

We had a termination grievances with NCSG that were settled earlier this month.  Employee was reinstated.

YRC Reimer also had a termination and we were successful with getting the Member his job back.

 


Teamsters Local 362 Weekly Update January 23

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.

CEDA INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
CEDA Industrial Services had previous locked out our members just before the holiday season and

on Jan 16 the mechanics at CEDA rejected the proposed Memorandum of Agreement by 100%. We are hopeful and eager to return to the bargaining process.

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CANADIAN MEDIA PRODUCERS

Negotiations continue with the Canadian Media Producers Association for a Master Agreement for the Province of Alberta. Our goal is to have an agreement in place by Q2 2017.

UPCOMING BARGAINING 

Bargaining is set up for Zenith Logistics in St. Albert tire warehouse for Feb. 1 and 2.

Progressive Waste in Edmonton will have there bargaining coming up on Jan. 23, Feb. 22 and 23.

Although there are no dates set yet, Inland Concrete in Edmonton and Leduc, both with 2 separate Agreements will have bargaining dates scheduled in the near future.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Last week our Business Agent Jordan was successful in winning a grievance when a member was short paid. He received his pay and additional earnings because the payroll error went unresolved by the employer over a specified period of time. When the employer is unable to resolve the issue within a specified period the employee receives 4 hours/day until it is resolved. Just another great benefit to be a part of a Union to make sure you get paid on time.


Certificate of Appreciation - United Way

Click the link below to view the Certificate of Appreciation that was awarded to General Teamsters, Local 362 by United Way.

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The Importance of a Strike Vote

All too often the dynamics of labour disputes are confusing for union members –  unusual terms are used, certain action made by opposing parties can have dire consequences and no action at all can also be bad.

A last resort is a strike or lockout action, the two most common forms of industrial action. This is a topic that is mentioned when talking about labour quite often, but many people don’t truly understand what it means. It is often equated with a threat or a picket line, but both are intended to bring economic pressure to bear in an industrial dispute. Each action terminates any collective agreement that was in effect.

But this is not the case.

Our members at CEDA Industrial Services have been locked out in Fort McMurray at the start of the holiday season. We thought we would explain what exactly strike action means, so people can better understand what our members are going through.

When a union and an employer are in involved in collective bargaining, either of the two parties can make application to the Alberta Government to appoint a mediator to the process. The mediator acts as a neutral party and attempts to guide both sides to reach an agreement.

The mediation process is one that is required by law before an employer can lock out its employees or a union can hold a strike. The government requires a prescribed amount of time with a mediator prior to either of the parties taking such an action, which rarely happens.

During the mediation process either of the parties can instruct the mediator to “write out” , signifying they feel they will not reach an agreement and want to escalate the dispute. In the case of a Union that would be strike action and in the case of an employer, a lock out of its workers.

Once these instructions have been given both parties enter what is called a 14 day cooling off period. This is designed to essentially let cooler heads prevail and hopefully the parties can reconvene and reach an agreement, a process at which the mediator still keeps a watchful eye.

So why is a strike vote significant?

It is imperative a member not be locked out with also being in a legal striking position because when the employer shuts its employees out of the workplace completely it unilaterally imposes new employment terms and demands that employees return to work under these conditions.

By going on strike at the same time that the employer imposes a lockout, a union applies pressure by not allowing the employer to continue to operate its business with its existing employees.  The employees are refusing to work under the new conditions while the dispute is ongoing.

 

In October CEDA told the mediator to write out, sending a signal that there was a strong possibility of a lock-out, so we took the appropriate action to protect our members by holding a strike vote.

If a groups of unionized workers find themselves locked out and are not in a legal strike position within 24 hrs of being locked out, the employer can essentially tell employees to ‘take-it or leave it.’

Workers would have to take the new deal the employer makes up, and in most cases, this means conditions are worse or they find themselves unemployed. All the hard work that went into trying to gain a collective agreement for the members at CEDA for over a year, would be vaporized.

So as you can see, the strike position also protects the worker and it’s important to always remember that once a union has a strike mandate form its members, they have 120 days to use it. That way it gives the parties lots of time to let cooler heads prevail and move forward to get a deal.

Our members at CEDA had no other option but to be in a legal strike position when the employer locked them out. The company insisted in locking out the workers even though the parties where so close to a deal, with the exception of subcontracting language and a red circle scenario for one employee.

We want to ensure our members have the rights they deserve in the workplace, and we continue to fight for them. Please show you support for our locked-out members as they wait for a fair collective agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

 


CEDA Industrial Services Employees Locked Out

The holiday season is supposed to be a time when you celebrate with friends and family. You look back on all of the things you are thankful for throughout the year, and think about what you are hopeful for in the year to come.

It is about giving and kindness, laughter and joy.

It is something that is especially needed in Fort McMurray this year. Between the downturn in the economy and the devastating fires, the city has been hit hard.

Now, the holiday season just got a lot harder for a group of hard-working employees at CEDA Industrial Services in Fort McMurray.

Just two weeks before Christmas, CEDA has locked our members out.

Now they are left wondering what will happen to their jobs in an economy that is already suffering.

We were served a lock out notice on Dec. 8, locking us out at 4 p.m. on Dec. 11th.

However, we managed to convince the employer to return to the table on Dec.13 and they subsequently rescinded the lock out to today at noon.

What makes this even more frustrating for these members is that we have been trying to establish their first collective agreement with the employer since July 2015.

For over a year, we have been fighting so that these members get the respect they deserve in the workplace.

We acknowledge that a first collective does take a bit longer with a new group, but to take over a year is absolutely unacceptable.

This is a prime example why first agreement language has to be introduced into the labour code. Employers shouldn’t be able to play the system, which currently favours them in the sense that they can drag the process. This can potentially result in some new members losing confidence in their unions.

Following the initial lock out notice, our members voted 100% in favour of strike action. This was a move that was essential to preserve the terms of their working relationship and hold on to the hard fought clauses that we attained during a process that is now entering its 17th month.

On Dec. 13 every unresolved issue with the exception of sub-contracting, and one employee with a slight wage differential, had been agreed to. In fact, the union had agreed to the employer’s previous language on subcontracting presented in good faith during bargaining in August of this year.

Despite this, the employer drove forward with language and a thought pattern on subcontracting that would threaten our members job security and the well-being of their families.

This collective agreement is not about wages – it is about respect for rights in the workplace. Employees have even been willing to take concessions in their wages and the union structured a plan to tie future wage increases to the economy, a plan that both parties had agreed to during negotiations.

After everything these employees have been through this year, they don’t deserve this from CEDA Industrial Services. Especially around the holiday season.

Please show you support for our locked-out members as they wait for a fair collective agreement. Being locked out on the street is no way to start out 2017.


Teamsters 362 Takes Part In Ride For Recovery

Everyone deserves a fresh start, and the annual 12 Stop Ride for Recovery Motorcycle Road Rally is a great way to give that opportunity to people in Alberta.

The 8th annual ‘scavenger hunt’ style motorcycle rally is a ride that aims to increase awareness about recovery and addiction, while raising funds to help families recover through the Fresh Start Recovery Centre.

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre is a ‘50-bed residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre for men in Calgary’ that was started in 1992. It operates out of a facility that is one of the largest residential treatment centres in Alberta and was built in 2011.

This was the second year Teamsters 362 had supported Fresh Start, with the funds raised at the annual golf tournament going towards the centre two years in a row. This was the first time however, that 362 members from both Calgary and Edmonton took part in the awareness ride. The Teamsters truck also made a special appearance.

The ride took place on Aug 27 and included in one of the stops was a heli ride. The turnout was great for an amazing cause.

For more information visit freshstartrecovery.ca.


Teamsters 362 Plays Special Role In Alberta Ride To Conquer Cancer

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is well known across Alberta, raising millions of dollars each year for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

And each year Teamsters Local 362 is proud to play an important role in the huge weekend event in Calgary.

The event is ‘an epic, two-day cycling event spanning over 200 km in the majestic Rockies.’

Every year the Teamsters 362 truck ensures the bikes from riders in the Edmonton, Red Deer and surrounding areas are transported to the event in Calgary.

“As you can imagine our participants take great pride in their bikes, so we only use the best transportation provided to guarantee all equipment is delivered in the best shape," explained Lisa Then, who is involved in the production of the event. "Over the years we have worked with Teamsters who provide the best service and protect the bikes as if they were their own.”

It all started several years ago when Teamsters 362 Vice-President Wayne Garner decided to participate in the ride, because cancer is something that had impacted his family. He attended an orientation that is required when you are a rider. He said the organizers were asking if anyone would be able to help transport the bikes or had spare room.

Garner instantly thought of the huge Teamsters truck and offered it free of charge to the event. Now each year Garner and his son make the trek, rain or shine, from Edmonton to Calgary with all of the bikes.

“It’s two huge days of volunteering and we have become a part of the family,” said Garner of the event.

Not only do Teamsters help transport the bikes, but many members including shop stewards and 362 leadership, take part in the ride.

This year the event had over 1,400 riders and raised over $6.3 million dollars for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, which provides funding to doctors and scientists who search for new discoveries and improved patient outcomes.


Teamsters Truck Makes Appearance At a Special Event

Stampede was a busy time of year for the Teamsters truck with lots of stops at pancake breakfasts around Calgary.

On July 10 the truck made its way to Northeast Calgary for a community gathering and breakfast with MP Ricardo Miranda, the Minister of Culture and Tourism for Alberta. With a great country band playing and a white hat presentation to Miranda and other ministers, the day was one to remember.

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Our Teamsters truck, complete with stage and audio equipment, makes over 25 charity stops a year. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer events have in store!