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Teamsters Local 879

How to Upgrade your “G” Licence to an “AZ” for Free

AZ Upgrade

Teamsters Union Local #879, in conjunction with Tri-County Driver Training and Verspeeten Cartage/Moe’s Transport, have created an opportunity for our members and their families to access funds to upgrade their licence to an AZ.

Please click on the AZ Upgrade page to access all the information needed to see if you or a family member qualify for the Teamsters 879 AZ upgrade program.

Purolator Negotiations

Teamsters Canada commenced negotiations today in Montreal for a renewal of the current collective agreement.

Shown below is the Teamsters Local 879 negotiating committee.

From left to right they are: Dan DiGiovanni (business agent from Windsor), Graham Freel (steward from Guelph), Kevin Quinlan (local 879 Trustee and steward from London), Barry Storr (steward from Mount Hope), John McCann (President of local 879), Guy Hickey (steward from Windsor), Barb Adam (business agent from Hamilton) and Dave McLeod (business agent from London).

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2016 JRH Essay Contest

Please find enclosed a list of the JRH 2016 Essay Contest winners.

Canadian Winners Essay-Contest-2016


2016 Teamsters Local Union #879 Golf Tournament

Attached are pictures from this years golf tournament. Fun was had by all.

Thanks to all that were involved at putting this years tournament together. Can’t wait until the 2017 event.

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Lafarge Arthur Vote Teamsters

A vote was held on Monday, August 22nd by the OLRB for the Ready Mix drivers at Lafarge Canada in Arthur.

I am happy to report that those drivers have overwhelmingly voted to join Teamsters Local Union No 879.

From all the 879 family, welcome on board.


Annual Labour Day Parade & Picnic

Monday, September 5, 2016

  • Parade starts at 10:30 am.
  • Assembles on York Blvd, west of Queen St. North. (Lineup will be available on or about August 12, 2016).
  • Route: South on Queen St. N to Main St. W, east on Main St. W. to Bay St. N, north on Bay St. N to Cannon St. E, west on Cannon St. E. to York Blvd, west on York Blvd. to Dundurn National Historic Site.
  • Picnic at Dundurn National Historic Site immediately following the parade.
  • Licensed refreshment area. (Beer: $5.00––call or email to order tickets in advance).
  • BBQ in support of the United Way. (Order in advance via the registration form).
  • Musical entertainment.

2016 Labour Day Parade Lineup & info- FINAL

2016 labour day registration


Teamster Motorcycle Association

Phil Owen, past President of the Teamster Motorcycle Association, Local 879 chapter, presents his club patches to President John McCann and Secretary Treasurer Danny Mitchell. Phil was a founding member in ‎establishing the Local 879 TMA as the first chapter in Canada.

Thanks Phil, this will hang in the meeting hall for all the members to enjoy for years to come.

Phil Owen


McMaster’s Fall Labour Studies certificate courses

Below is the Fall Brochure for McMaster’s Fall Labour Studies certificate courses, as well as the link to their home page.


Hotel Le President Lockout Update

Hotel Le President lockout ends Wednesday


On Strike for a Fair Contract – CUPE 2974

Essex County Library workers are on strike because management and Essex County are trying to change the workers sick time policy, even though this is not an issue in the workplace.

Please help support the members of CUPE 2974 as our president John McCann and Business Representative Dan DiGiovanni has.

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CUPE 2974


June Ratifications

  • Dundas Trucking
  • Lafarge Woodstock
  • Lafarge Slag Hamilton
  • Home Hardware Windsor
  • Merchants Paper


Teamsters Stands up for Taxi Drivers

Teamsters Stands up for Taxi Drivers


2016 Grand Bend Event

Grand Bend


2016 Labour Day Parade

Labour Day Parade


Teamsters Canada Scholarship

Teamsters Canada Scholarship

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Energy East Pipeline News

The Teamsters were in Ottawa on the 14th of July at a historic signing for the Energy East Pipeline. 3 other trades were involved, including Trans Canada pipeline and PLCAC.

This was a huge showing of unity among the groups in support of pipeline.

Pictured below is Vice President Ernie Bishop.



IBEW Local 120 Clerical Join Teamsters

On Tuesday July the 19th, the clerical staff at the IBEW Local 120 in London, Ontario voted to join Teamsters Local Union #879.

The vote was unanimous, as all the staff employees voted yes.

Congratulations to the staff at IBEW 120 and welcome on board.


IBT News

Teamsters Pledge More Than $1.4 Million To Fight Against Addiction



Secretary Treasurer Jim Chalmers to Retire

Jim Chalmers has been a Teamster since 1979 when he was hired at Brinks Armoured Car in St. Catharines Ontario. He was a steward for 18 of the 20 yrs that he worked at Brinks and came on staff at Local 879 in 1999.

The first position he had at the Local was Business Agent looking after a miscellaneous group of companies including Armoured Car. In 2002, he was co-chair of the negotiating committee for Brinks under the Canada Council of Teamsters for Ontario.

In 2009, he was appointed Vice President of Local 879 and also the Armoured Car Director for Teamsters Canada . Jim is also a delegate to the St. Catharines District Labour Council and the CLC representative for Teamsters Canada .

Also in 2009, Jim was elected to the position of President of the Hamilton Port Council which has various unions in and around the ports of Hamilton and Thorold as affiliates.

This year Jim or JC as many call him has decided to retire. On June 15th the local held a retirement luncheon to honour JC on his accomplishments and dedicated service to the local at it’s members. The luncheon was attended by President of Canada Francois Laporte, Joint Council President and President of local 230 Randy Doner, Local 230 Vice President Ken Hall, past local 879 President Joe McLean, former 879 trustee Gord Allaby, former Local 141 trustee Lorne Elliott and all of the 879 agents and staff.

I would like to note, that the beautiful retirement cake was made from none other than our very own Sue Taylor out of the London office.

President McCann would like to congratulate Brother Jim Chalmers on his retirement. He has enjoyed working with Jim and hopes that he and Linda have a long and healthy retirement.

Last Words from Brother Chalmers,

I would like to thank Brother McCann for the many years of working with him at the Local, all of the agents, staff and members that I represented throughout my 879 career. I will take away nothing but great memories.

Till we meet again,

Jim Chalmers

Secretary Treasurer

Teamsters Local Union #879

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Sisters, Brothers,

Wanted to let everyone know that we posted an article from François Laporte on the fourth anniversary of the ] G4S shooting at the University of Alberta. You can read it by clicking here.

You can also click here to read the blog post from Teamsters 362 on the same subject.

In solidarity,

Christopher Monette

Director | Directeur

Communications, Web and Social Media

Communications, web et médias sociaux

Teamsters Canada


Purolator Tackle Hunger

Purolator and Teamsters Local #879 held a bbq at the Windsor Purolator facility. It was held for the Tackle the Hunger Charity. 

All money raised will go to Essex County food banks. The local purchased the dogs, buns , chips and drinks. The Purolator ladies that took care of everything are Jeanine Gravel and Jay Hayne.  They are simply awesome!!!!!

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May Ratifications

  • Dundas Trucking
  • Attridge Coach Lines (first contract)
  • Norm Campbell Construction
  • Ken Jackson Construction
  • Highcrest Properties
  • Sarnia Concrete Products
  • Aecon Industrial in Cambridge

Hoffa Scholarship Reminder

Scholarship reminder


General Membership Meetings (Summer Meetings)

GM meeting cancellation