Teamsters 362 Highlights June 9

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 and Jordan Madarash had a meeting for a step three grievance meeting at Garda World Pre-board on Tuesday and a step two grievance meeting at Garda World Pre-board Calgary as well.

Business Agent Jordan Madarash had arbitration this week for the termination of a member from Garda Cash Edmonton.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur continued with arbitration with DTL Edmonton and a grievance meeting at Lafarge Nisku.

Vice-President Wayne Garner will be preparing for the upcoming Clean Harbor negotiations next week and upcoming Grimshaw Trucking Clerical negotiations at the end of the month.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Bargaining continues for Business Agent Ryan Adams for the four Heavy Haul Agreements (Mammoet, NCSG, Premay Equipment and Sarens) this week. Vice-President Wayne Garner will be charing these.

Adams also continues to travel Alberta voting the Memorandum of Agreement for Grimshaw Freight.  He will be in Edson, Hinton and Bonnyville this Thursday and Friday and expects to complete the voting process in Yellowknife next week. The results will be posted for the memberships' consideration shortly thereafter.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Our Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur and Jordan Madarash attended the Loops for Troops truck event at the Edmonton Garrison Army Base last Sunday.

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 2

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 and Vice-President Wayne Garner had a labour management meeting with Garda PBS Edmonton and a step 2 grievance meeting with Brinks Edmonton.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov and Jordan Madarash have a step 2 grievance meeting scheduled for this week at Garda pre-board.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur had a resolution conference for Lafarge Edmonton this week.

Vice-President Wayne Garner attended bargaining with the Construction Labour Relation Association of Alberta, whom are acting on behalf of Premay Equipment, Mammoet Canada, NSG Crane and Heavy Haul and Sarens Canada.

Teamsters Local 362 had their monthly executive board meeting this week.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Business Agent Ryan Adams began bargaining with Mammoet Canada Western , Sarens ‎Transport, NCSG and Premay Equipment this week.

IMPORTANT NEWS
Voting began on the Memorandum of Agreement (freight) for Grimshaw Trucking LP. this week and proposals were taken for Grimshaw Trucking LP (clerical) with bargaining taking place on the 27, 28 and 29th of June.

This past week Vice-President Wayne Garner had a membership meeting with our motion picture division to discuss the new dispatch rules that will be mailed out for membership approval in the coming weeks.

Wayne Garner also attended  the Building Trades of Alberta reception with several MLAs and premier Rachel Notley.

Canadian Building Trades Council Conference

President Al Porter, Secretary - Treasurer & Principal Officer Rick Eichel and Business Agents Rick Prouty and Ken Krawchenko attended the Canadian Building Trades Council conference in Ottawa May 14-16 where this years theme was Standing Together.

A highlight of this years event was the unveiling of a trade workers monument behind the Chateux Laurier Hotel. This was something our Executive Director Bob Blakely and others have worked on for more than ten years and Rick Eichel said it was quite an honour to have workers memorialized so close to our parliament buildings. Trudeau walked down from parliament to helps unveil the monument and gave a speech.

The conferences first speaker was Pat and Madonna Stamp who gave a harsh and mesmerizing account of his workplace accident and recovery. Pat was welding on a ship anchored near St. John's, when fumes ignited inside the tank where he was working. He escaped but the heat burned his body, damaged his lungs and disfigured his face. He is now an advocate for workplace safety and you can find out more about his story here http://www.cbc.ca/nl/features/aboutface/.

There was also a panel discussion with Hon. James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment.

Mary Walsh gave a lighthearted and funny performance and discussed how much unions are needed in the world, especially to work on and improve mental health in the workplace.

Our leadership also heard from Sean McGarvey, President of North Americans Building Trades. He spoke about working together and the impact our council has on our countries.

 Alberta Building Trades Executive Board 

Last week Secretary - Treasurer & Principal Officer Rick Eichel attended the Alberta Building Trades Executive Board meetings and is saddened to report that the Executive Director, Warren Fraeliegh is retiring and last day of work is July 7th. Our best wishes go to Warren and his family, as well as our thanks for the great job he has done throughout his career as a Boilermaker and officer of his union, as well as the council career.

There has also been many changes at this council with new business managers who have been newly elected for the United Association, ironworkers and electricians. There will also be several retirements this fall for some of the remaining unions.

The Fort McMurray Hope Fund through the BTA has $669,000 and we are looking at ways to help the region when all the other donations have been used up or depleted.

Chris Ohalloran, Director of Stakeholder Relations, stopped by to update us all on the labour code changes as well as some regulation changes that are much needed for the proper functioning and switch to target benefits reporting. We were pleased and welcomed these changes that bring us closer legislatively to how the rest of Canada operates within their labour codes. A very big thank you to this government that is looking after all Albertans.

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.


Teamsters 362 Highlights May 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
Business Agent Jordan Madarash had a branch visit with Garda Pre-Board Screeners in Fort McMurray this week.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Business Agents Jordan Madarash and Mary Snyder, and Vice-President Wayne Garner have been bargaining all week with Clean Harbours.

Business Agent Ryan Adams will be attending the voting of the Memorandum of Agreement for Grimshaw Trucking LP and will be taking proposals for the Grimshaw Trucking L.P Clerical this coming Sunday.

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. Find more information here. 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 May 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 MEETINGS
Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur was at UPS Edmonton South for focus meetings where the Stewards, Management and Union get together to discuss ongoing issues, in hopes to solve them prior to becoming grievances or safety concerns.

Quaghebeur will also be visiting Zenith to get signatures on the new CBA, so that we can have booklets printed up.

On Friday VIce-President Wayne Garner spent the day with the organizing department at Local 117 in Seattle Washington. The purpose of the trip was to learn from them as they are considered by many to be the strongest organizing Local in the Teamsters.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Quaghebeur is continuing on the bargaining document for Progressive Waste with bargaining happening through the week.

IMPORTANT NEWS

This week Business Agent Jordan Madarash and Vice-President Wayne Garner attended the Victims of Homicide Conference - Touched by Murder Moving Forward - Building Hope.  A special thank you to Dianne and Mike Ilesic for the invitation to attend as it truly is an honour to be amongst so many resilient people from every walk of life moving forward after suffering a loss that we truly can't comprehend.

Vice-President Wayne Garner met with Garda CIT in Calgary to address some outstanding grievances.

Business Agent Ryan Adams has announced that Triple Random has ratified their agreement by 100 per cent.

President Al Porter and Wayne Garner continued to work on the final proof reading of the Alberta Master Agreement with the CMPA.

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.


Teamsters 362 Highlights May 12

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 Shaun Quaghebeur is working on MacCosham City P&D Memorandum of Agreement with voting that happened on Friday.  He is also working on bargaining docs for Progressive Waste, which will resume bargaining next week.

Shaun is also attending a resolution conference scheduled for Lafarge Edmonton and us.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Business agents Jordan Madarash and Mary Snyder, and Vice-President Wayne Garner were in Toronto for the Canadian Labour Congress Convention in support of President Hassan Yussef. Mary spoke to the convention about the issues of mental health and our initiatives about the topic and also the fires that devastated Fort McMurray. One major point she spoke about is the large number of people from Fort McMurray who have suffered or will suffer from PTSD because of the fires.

Vice-President Wayne Garner attended the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Unity Conference this week. He said it was a privilege to be in attendance to watch the newly elected General Executive Board being sworn in. Outside of the this years swearing in ceremony the Unity Conference is a key yearly event of great importance as the leadership of the Local Unions attend to discuss relevant issues in the multitude of industries in which our 1.2 million members in Canada, USA and Puerto Rico are employed. President of Teamsters Canada François Laporte addressed the attendees with some information on the economic impact of NAFTA as it relates to both Canada and the USA, as well as updated the leadership on the latest success stories the Teamsters have experienced in Canada.

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.


Statistics Canada Census Shares Important Information About the Workplace

The Canadian 2016 census was released this week and there were some important findings for Canada’s workforce.

For the first time since Canada began conducting the census, there are more senior citizens than children living in Canada with 5.9 million people aged 65 and over. Statistics Canada attributes this to the post-war baby boom.

Currently there are more people entering retirement than entering it.

The prairie provinces, including Alberta, have a younger population than the overall average. Calgary has the highest percentage of working aged people.

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Despite this, youth employment opportunities remain low in major cities while the opposite was true for older workers. Researchers think that one factor could be lack of employment opportunities when young people leave school.

Another important factor and is that the majority of seniors are women and there are a number of issues they have to consider.

Women are outliving men so they need to plan better for retirement. They also continue to face a gender pay gap while working, which will follow them into retirement.

Women are more likely to enter and exit the workforce to raise children, this effects their advancement and also their ability to save for retirement.

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Being a union member is one way to help address these issues.

According to the Canadian labour Congress, union members earn on average $5.28 per hour more than workers without a union and women earn $7.10 per hour more on average with a union. With a collective agreement, women can ensure that they will be paid equally for equal work.

Joining a union also means that you also can start saving for retirement with a pension. At Teamsters Local 362 our pension program is something that we are very proud of and our members always comment on.

As our population ages we need to make sure Canada takes care of our seniors in the workplace and in retirement.


Teamsters Local 362 Highlights May 5

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 Shaun Quaghebeur continues to work on our bargaining document for Progressive Waste.  He is scheduled to continue bargaining on the 17th and 18th of this month.

CURRENT MEETINGS

We held general membership meetings in Edmonton this week.

Business agent Jordan Madarash attended grievance meetings in Calgary and Edmonton for Garda PBS, as well as a grievance meeting at Garda security Corporation.

Business agent Jordan Madarash and Vice-President Wayne Garner attended a Mayors luncheon this week hosted by the Gateway Association.

The Gateway Association is a family and employment resource centre that provides education, family support, mentorship and inclusive employment. They do a great deal of work to assist the community to understand disabilities. Find out more at www.gatewayassociation.ca.

Jordan Madarash and Wayne Garner attended a joint labour management meeting for Brinks Alberta in Calgary.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur  will be discussing a termination grievance with DTL, and hopefully find some sort of resolve this week.

Vice-President Wayne Garner attended a Diversified member meeting and area membership meeting in Fort McMurray as well as meeting with representatives from Clan Harbors.

IMPORTANT NEWS

This week is mental health awareness week. Learn more about how you can #GETLOUD for mental health (http://getloud.mentalhealthweek.ca/).

This week marks one year since the Fort McMurray fires. Read more about how Teamsters 362 continues to support the community (link to our blog)

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. Find more information here (will hyperlink in this sentence) 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 Local 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.

CURRENT BARGAINING 
This week we have bargaining with Grimshaw Trucking continuing in Edmonton.

CURRENT MEETINGS

Vice President Wayne Garner attended a step three grievance meeting with Brinks in Calgary and Business Agent Jordan Madarash attended a grievance meeting with Garda Cash.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

This weekend Jordan Madarash will be attending the Garda PBS YEG shift bid for the Summer.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Jordan Madarash and other business agents will be attending the presentation of the United Way Jim Shewchuk Award at the Labour Appreciation Night this Saturday.

This week Wayne Garner visited the set of Puppy Love which is a production shooting in Edmonton.  Find out more information here http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=1098098

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Teamsters truck and stage will be at the Spring Thaw Car Show in Calgary on April 23. All the proceeds go to the Interfaith Food Bank.

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. Find more information here. 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 Weekly Update April 14

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 
Last Friday we had the first round of bargaining at MacCosham and round two will be taking place this week.

UPCOMING BARGAINING 
Just last week we met with representatives from Mammoet Canada Western, Trans Tech Contracting, Sarens Group and NSG Crane and Heavy Haul to strategize on a format leading into a joint negotiations for the renewals of their perspective collective agreements.

We have bargaining with Grimshaw Trucking coming up next Wednesday through Friday.

Proposals have been taken and dates are being set for Inland Concrete pipe in Calgary. Proposals have also been taken and we are waiting meeting dates for Burnco Rock Products in Calgary.

CURRENT MEETINGS

We will be at the Edmonton International Airport helping with the shift building process for the upcoming shift bid next week.

We have had visits at Inland and Lafarge in Edmonton to discuss applications to the Labour Board.

Members of our leadership attended the Teamster Canada Division meetings this week. These were very important meetings with the various divisions of Teamsters including small parcel, warehouse, freight and armoured car, who each gave their reports that followed with discussions. These meetings are focused on networking strategy and collaboration between the Local Unions that better unite the country, which in turn creates a better representation to our members from coast to coast.

Not sure what all of the Teamsters Trade Divisions are? Check out the full list here http://teamsters.ca/en/about/union-profile/

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Our annual Pipeline Dispatch meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 27th. This meeting is for our pipeline division membership to discuss their dispatch rules and other relevant issues pertaining to this important industry.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Canadian workers are worried about Kinder Morgan’s commitment to safety and training of their workers on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. Read about how you can help .

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Teamsters truck and stage will be at the Spring Thaw Car Show in Calgary on April 23. All the proceeds go to the Interfaith Food Bank.

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. Find more information here. 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 Weekly Update April 7

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.

UPCOMING BARGAINING 
This week we were taking proposals from the members at Clean Harbors to prepare for upcoming bargaining.

We have secured a date in the middle of April to go back to the table with MTE Calgary.

We will be preparing bargaining documents this week for MacCosham City P&D.

CURRENT MEETINGS

We met with some of our members from our Film Division on Sunday to discuss the new Master Agreement with the CMPA and get some feedback to our modifications of the dispatch rules prior to the roll out to the membership.

We attended a special Canadian Industrial Relation Association meeting to discuss the Government’s review of the Alberta Employment Standards Code and the Alberta Labour Relations Code. The purpose of the meeting was to provide your input to Andy Sims and Jeff Parr, Deputy Minister as part of the Government’s review of Workplace Legislation and learn about the consultation process involved in this review.

We met with Mammoet, Premay, Sarens Canada and a representative from the Construction Labour Relations Association, to discuss strategies for the upcoming negotiations.

We also met with Fort McKay Logistics to discuss the recent changes in the Fort McMurray region.

A special meeting was held with Lafarge Edmonton membership regarding the common employer application.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

We will be having a Labour Management Meeting on Monday April 10th at Garda World Calgary International.

EXCITING NEWS

This week we rolled out the trial run of our Boom Rewards Program at the International airports in each city.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Teamsters truck and stage will be at the Spring Thaw Car Show in Calgary on April 23. All the proceeds go to the Interfaith Food Bank.

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. Find more information here (will hyperlink in this sentence) 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.