Teamsters Weekly Update March 31

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
This week there was bargaining with Progressive Waste.

On Sunday we held the Inland Edmonton Town Hall Meeting, where Inland and Stel-Mar Drivers were invited to attend. The Company has applied to the Labour Board for a Common Employer application, as they wish to merge the Non-Union Stel-Mar Drivers with the Union Inland Drivers.

This week we will vote on a recommended Memorandum of Agreement for Zenith Logistics.

UPCOMING BARGAINING 
This Saturday is the proposal meeting for MacCosham Cartage (city p&d division). The company has requested to start bargaining early.

CURRENT MEETINGS

This week we had our weekly grievance meeting at Garda World Pre-board Calgary International Airport.

There was a grievance meeting this week at Brinks in Calgary.

Grievance meetings are being held with a motion picture production in Calgary to deal with issues on dispatching our members we're hopeful that we will reach our resolve at a local level.

UPCOMING MEETINGS
General membership meeting will be held on Saturday in Calgary at 10 a.m. and all Calgary teachers are welcome to attend.

We will be meeting with key individuals from the motion picture division to review and percent all the intricacies and details of the new Master Agreement with the CMPA and to review the new dispatch on Sunday.

EXCITING NEWS

We successfully settled a termination grievance with YRC Reimer. Our Member has been reinstated with seniority, discipline has been removed from his file and he has received all back wages.

We have successfully entered into a Master Agreement with the CMPA this week.

We met with software developers to finalize all the parameters of the build to our new online dispatch system which will modernize the way we dispatch our construction Pipeline and Motion Picture division members. We are planning on launching the system within the next few months and will be running the old system parallel with the new system, as our members become accustomed to the new technology.

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 Local 362 Weekly Update March 24

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

Negotiations for a Provincial master agreement resume Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Calgary with the Canadian Media Producers Association.

At MTE Logistix Calgary, members rejected the company's concession offer for their upcoming Collective Agreement by 100 per cent. We had 100 per cent of the membership in attendance.

A memorandum of agreement has been reached for Triple Random. The Union will be sending the memorandum to the membership for their consideration.

UPCOMING BARGAINING 
Proposals were taken from the membership for the upcoming negotiations for Lafarge Concrete in Edmonton this weekend.

Proposal mail out this week for the Clean Harbor membership, which contains a self-addressed postage paid return envelope. Bargaining dates are confirmed May 23 – 25 and June 13- 15, with the location to be determined.

Heavy Haul (Mammoet Canada Western, Premay Equipment, Rebel Transport, NCSG Transtech and Sarens Canada) opening letters have been sent to these employers notifying them of our intentions to negotiate a new term for our Collective Bargaining Agreements. The Union will be sending out letters to our members looking for their proposals in the next couple of weeks.

CURRENT MEETINGSLocal unions monthly executive board meeting was held Monday in Red Deer. You can get to know the local's leadership in the about section on teamsters362.com

Some of our business agents had a Town Hall Meeting this past Sunday for Lafarge Edmonton Members to discuss the application to the Labour Board, put in by the Union.

This weekend there will be a town hall Meeting for Inland Edmonton Members to discuss the application to the Labour Board, put in by the Company.

EXCITING NEWS

We have launched our brand new website! Make sure you go to teamsters362.com and check out the new features.

The feature film Hard Powder for Canal goes to Camera this week, along with the feature film Puppy Love.

Some of our leadership attended a refresher training course on Tuesday held by WestlawNext Canada, which is a service that provides an online research tool to review relevant case law and decisions. This is a great tool for agents to research similar cases related to grievances filed by the membership. Yet another resource to ensure that our membership is being represented to the fullest.

We were successful in returning two employees back to work at YRC Reimer, who were terminated without proper cause.

This week Leon Babahanov returns to his regular duties and schedule after the award from the Canadian Joint Grievance Panel from March 8th unanimously agreed to re-instate his employment after being terminated Feb.7, 2017.

Teamsters 362 in conjunction with the Building Trades of Alberta have now forwarded to the Alberta Government our list of proposals for the upcoming Labour Code amendments. Find out more information here. http://bta.ca/


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.


Teamsters Local 362 Weekly Update March 10

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
Our bargaining continues with the Canadian Media Producers Association this week.

CURRENT MEETINGS

We had our general membership meetings held on Monday the 6th in Edmonton and a member information meeting Wednesday March 8th in Fort McMurray.

The Provincial Labour Management meeting was held in Edmonton with Garda Cash on Tuesday March 7.

We had our Diversified Oilsands member monthly  meeting in Ft Mac on Wednesday March 8th in Fort McMurray.

Grievance meetings with Diversified Transportation Wednesday March 8th in Fort McMurray.

UPCOMING

We had a meeting with Zenith Membership this afternoon to give them an update on their bargaining. We are set to commence bargaining next month, with mostly only monetary issues outstanding.
Next week, we are set to resume bargaining with Progressive Waste.

We have May 23rd – 25th and June 13th – 15th tentatively scheduled with Clean Harbours for contract negotiations. Outside of several proposal meetings yet to be scheduled, the membership will be receiving a proposal package in the mail. Packages will be sent out of Calgary the week of March 20th.

EXCITING NEWS

Construction Member John Schewalje was presented with a silver ring as a retirement gift after 16 years of service at the general meeting in Edmonton this week.


Teamsters 362 Weekly Update March 3

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
Bargaining with Grimshaw Trucking L.P. continues at the end of March with the employer is seeking wage concessions.

Progressive Waste negotiation committee will be reviewing progress made from last round of bargaining held last week.

We are currently working on our proposal document for Zenith bargaining.

UPCOMING
We have reached a Memorandum of Agreement with ENS a Division of Monarch Transportation and we will know by March 10 if the membership has accepted or rejected the Memorandum.

We will be meeting with Triple Random on Monday March 6 to continue bargaining.

We will be meeting with MTE Logistix to continue the bargaining process for the Calgary Membership. We have applied for mediation and the mediators role will be to assist the parties with finding mutual agreement.

We are set to continue bargaining next month for Progressive Waste and Zenith.

EXCITING NEWS

We met with the CMPA last week in Calgary and will meet again towards the end of March. We are anticipating on reaching a deal in the near future.


Teamsters Weekly Update

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
Bargaining with Progressive Waste resumed this week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Negotiations resume in Calgary this week with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) for a Master Agreement for the Province.

UPCOMING
Local 362 is commencing a trial test run that will be providing a rewards program for its membership. The program is called the Boom Rewards Program www.boomgroup.com

EXCITING NEWS
Last week Teamsters Local 362 leadership was in Fort McMurray to drop off donations to local organizations who needed some assistance after the devastating fire last year. The donations came from Teamsters 362, Teamsters Canada and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and were given to the following:

Fresh Start Recovery

Anzac Volunteer Fire Dept

Fort McMurray Catholic School District

Fort McMurray Public School District

Wood Buffalo Food Bank

Sapree Creek Fire Department (Fire Hall #5)


Teamsters 362 Weekly Update

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 concluded taking proposals for Grimshaw Trucking L.P. We toured northern Alberta and Yellowknife and we will began bargaining with the employer on this week.

We were bargaining this past week with ENS Monarch for the second round. We met January 19th for one day and we will continue bargaining until we can bring an offer to the members.

UPCOMING

We met Zenith Membership this past week to give them an update on their bargaining. They usually have a very short period of bargaining, and this time has doubled the usual.  We are set to commence bargaining next month, with mostly only monetary issues outstanding.

This upcoming week, we are set to resume bargaining with Progressive Waste.

President Al Porter and Vice - President Wayne Garner are heading to Fort McMurray to deliver the Teamsters donations for the Public and Separate school lunch program as well as the Wood Buffalo food bank.

There will be a monthly membership meeting for Diversified members is this Wednesday in Ft McMurray.
The negotiations with Grimshaw Trucking commenced this past Thursday in Edmonton.

Teamsters Local 362's monthly Executive Board meeting took place last Friday.

EXCITING NEWS

President Al Porter and Vice - President Wayne Garner spent last week in L.A. doing some marketing with Alberta Association of Motion Picture & Television Unions (AAMPTU). We have been promoting Alberta and our members as a place to shoot the next project to the major studios and other film producers such as HBO, Amazon, Netflix.

We have been meeting with developers for our online dispatch system and that continued this past week. It has been very exciting to see the system starting to take shape.

 


Shop Steward Profile: Dale Gocuan

At Teamsters Local 362, being a shop steward comes with responsibility but also a lot of rewarding experiences. We decided to ask one of our veteran stewards a few questions about what it means to him.

Dale Gocuan started as a screener at eh Edmonton Municipal Airport in 1991 and moved to Edmonton International Airport in 1996. He is the longest serving shop steward at Edmonton International.

He takes his role very seriously and described it as 'a crusade.'

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One of the main things Dale highlights when looking back on his career is the great partnerships he has had with the business agents at Teamsters, and pointed out that they are always available, evenings or weekends, 24-7. He said in his experience with other unions, it is not always this way.

There are quiet a few battles that have been fought over his years as a steward, but there are some that stick out more than others.
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At one point there was a disagreement with Garda over scheduling and Dale stepped up to take over from 1996 to 2012. During this time grievances over scheduling went down drastically.

He also fought for an overtime grievance for one of his members and when they won at the end, she received enough money to put a down payment on a house.

One of the accomplishments he is most proud of is working hard with the Teamsters to take their collective agreement from a 'very thin' one to one with substance that has become the 'envy of many.'

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The best part of being a steward for Dale is that he gets to educate members on their rights as workers, resolve issues and put his communication skills into action. All of this, while knowing he has the support of his brothers and sisters.

His advice for any new Teamster members is to focus on teamwork. He explained that in the fast- paced world of pre-board screening, teamwork is essential to keep the public safe.


Teamsters Local 362 Weekly Update

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

This week there will be round two of  bargaining with Zenith. The first round was last week with 1 and a half days of talks. Bargaining is going as planned.

UPCOMING

There will be a membership meeting this Saturday for UPS South Edmonton.

There will also be meeting this upcoming week for ASIG Edmonton.

Negotiations will start next week for Grimshaw Trucking. Agents have been traveling through Alberta and the Northwest Territories meeting with the membership in preparation of what we expect to be a challenging round of bargaining.

Local 362 belongs to a group named AAMPTU (Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions) and this week Teamsters Local 362 President Al Porter and Vice President Wayne Garner will be in L.A. on a AAMPTU annual marketing trip.

The group meets with various studios with the goal to promote the Alberta film industry. This is very important as the film industry is a very relationship based business. This week we have nine meetings set with various studios such as Disney, HBO, Netflix and more.

Work continues with the creation of our online dispatch system for our members in our Construction, Pipeline and Motion Picture Divisions. Feedback and input from the membership has played a crucial part in this large project.

On Feb. 17 it will be the Building Trades of Alberta night at the WHL Calgary Hitmen versus Edmonton Oil Kings. It is a labour sponsored that will see an exciting game between the Alberta hockey rivals. There are a few tickets left so call the call office if you would like to join us for what is sure to be a great game!


Support for CEDA members from the community during the lock out

This holiday season was a tough one for our members at CEDA Industrial Services in Fort McMurray. Just two weeks before Christmas they were locked out, and stood strong on the picket line.

Last week we reached a Memorandum of Agreement, meaning the members will be voting on this on Jan. 16. If they accept, it they will have there first collective agreement.

Our members received an outpouring of support from the community and across North America on social media, which kept the spirits of our members up during that time.

The Wood Buffalo District Labour Council and Unifor Local 707A both offered their help to make Christmas a little more enjoyable for these members.

Both organizations donated a total of $4000 to the members, which was added to the first week of strike pay. They also brought a pizza lunch, water and showed their support on the picket line.

Our thanks to Steve Kelly, Secretary Treasurer of Unifor local 707A and President of the Wood Buffalo Labour District.