Senate votes to change bill that would reverse anti-union laws

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won the 2015 federal election he pledged to reverse two laws that were viewed by many across the country as anti-union.

In November of that year he restated that commitment when he spoke at the Canadian Labour Congress gathering in Ottawa, stating that ‘labour is not a problem, but a solution.’

Unfortunately, not everyone in government sees it that way.

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The Senate amended Bill C-4 that reversed the original intent, which was to repeal C-377 and C-525.

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.

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.

Many have argued that this extra vote gives employers the opportunity to intimidate workers before the second stage of the process where they vote on joining a union.

In a vote by the Senate, mostly supported by Conservatives, they changed the bill to keep the elements of Bill C-525.

However, a spokesperson for federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu signalled that the government would be voting to reverse the Senate changes, according to the Globe and Mail.

In an interview with the Globe and Mail Hassan Yussuff, President of the CLC, said that the card check system has not shown any signs of problems.

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“It prevents employers from intimidating and interfering,” he explained. Every time there is a vote, employers do interfere. They express their opinion. They threaten to close the workplace.”

The labour movement, and those who want to unionize, will be keeping a close eye on the Senate as more developments come forward over the next few weeks.


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.

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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.


Ride For Recovery Gearing Up For 2017

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.

Registration begins at 8:00 am at the Centre and the ride begins at 10:00 a.m. The ride is made up of a series of stops through the city and rural landscapes. Each of the 12 Stops holds a new clue to direct you to a fun and unique experience at the next stop.

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre has been running for over two decades as a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre for men located in Calgary. It has been recognized nationally by the Donner Canadian Foundation as the best run treatment centre in Canada for effective program delivery.

They provide a comfortable environment where men and their families can escape addiction, and learn to live rewarding and fulfilling lives in recovery.

You can register to take part in the ride here or you can offer to volunteer, donate an auction item or just get the word out on social media.


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.


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.


Precarious Work Has Multiple Affects On Health

Precarious work continues to rise in Canada. This has been such an issue that just last year federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told Canadians that they should just get used to it.

But that could pose a problem for Canadians when it comes to their health.

Precarious is officially defined as people who ‘who fill permanent job needs but are denied permanent employee rights.’  Some of these rights include safe working conditions, benefits and fair wages.

Here are some of the ways that this type of work can affect both physical and mental health.

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1.     Access to Services

When you are working in a precarious job, you typically are earning less and have no health benefits, unlike those in a union. This means you may have a harder time accessing healthcare services to deal with immediate health needs and also preventative care. It can be harder to take time off or afford the treatment. This can mean anything from visiting the dentist to seeing a mental health professional.

2.     Sick Days and Sick Notes

When you are in a precious job, most of the time you do not get paid sick days, or can even get let go if you need the day off from work. Some employers require a sick note, which can ‘compound the problem’ as pointed out by Rank and File. They also pointed out that this can put others at risk by making a sick person go to work.

 

3.     Workplace Conditions

Employees in precarious jobs might be less likely to speak up about unsafe workplace conditions, for fear of losing their job. When you are a unionized employee you are guaranteed certain safe guards in a workplace, and have people to stand up for you if you feel unsafe.

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4.     Mental Health

Multiple studies have shown that precarious work leads to ‘anxiety and stress, affects social relationships and diminishes community connections.’ All of these can lead to serious mental health consequences and even result in affecting physical health. Teamsters 362 has taken the initiative to actively bargaining mental health awareness courses into collective bargaining agreements, something those in precarious positions wouldn’t have as easy access to.

 


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.


Workers Need Protection From Wrongful Dismissals

Working in a precarious job position is notoriously stressful for a reason. You have no benefits and almost no protection in the workplace.

A B.C. woman recently learned this the hard way when she was fired from Burger King after working there for 24 years.

According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, Usha Ram thought she had been given permission to take home a sandwich, fries and a soft drink but was only told she could take the sandwich.

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The extra food she had mistakenly take came to a total of $1 once staff discounts were taken into account.

The manager and co-owner Janif Mohammed fired Ram, who had a perfect record of employment. She also offered to pay the $1 she owed.

Ram is the sole income earner for her family, ‘supporting both her physically handicapped husband and a mentally disabled adult daughter.’

Ram took her case to the Supreme Court and won, getting a settlement of $46,000. They decided that the she was ‘not given an appropriate chance to respond the allegations.’

Unfortunately, Ram’s story is all to common and the outcome is not.

Without a union backing you up in the workplace, it can be next to impossible to fight a wrongful dismissal.

Being a union member means that you have a collective agreement, this is a written document between the employer and the employees that ensures that a contract Is adhered to by both parties.

Once that agreement is signed by all parties, the employer and employees must follow the guidelines.

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When you are a member of a union, you also know you have an entire family looking out for you. Each unionized workplace has a shop steward and business agent who knows the collective agreement and will stand up for employees if any aspect is violated.

If you are wrongfully terminated, they are your first line of defence.

Working with the employer they can figure out a way to deal with an incident such as the one Ram experienced.

With the rise of precarious work, it could be potentially easier for employers to take advantage of the lack of protections some workers have.

Unions work hard so that all workers are protected, not just our members, by setting the standard for workplace rights.