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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.

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


Attridge Coach Drivers Ratify First Agreement

After a 16 hour long day, employees of Attridge Coach Bus ratified their first Collective Agreement. Stewards and Business Representative Jim Killey were on hand for a long 16 hours Tuesday for a meet and greet/vote to lend a hand to the new Attridge members to understand the proposed agreement.

In the end, the membership voted by 80% to agree to the terms of the proposed agreement.

Thanks to all the stewards for their hard work and the long day on Tuesday. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Jim Killey

Business Representative/Membership Development Coordinator


In need of Experienced “READY MIX” Drivers

Are you interested in working in the Ready Mix industry? If so, JNF Ready Mix at 2045 River Road in London Ontario is looking for you. If you have the proper licencing and are looking for a well paying career with benefits, then give Dino a call @ 1-519-951-1112


Windsor Stewards Seminar

a level one stewards seminar was held in the locals Windsor office on May the 5th and 6th.

Approximately 24 stewards were in attendance for the 2 day event representing workplaces such as UPS, Canadian Electrocoating, Prince Metal Products, BFI, Ambassador Bridge, Aslon, Moe’s Transport, K-Scrap and the Town of Essex. Lenna Phenix, Dan DiGiovanni and Doug Pilkey presented the seminar with President McCann and new Secretary Treasurer Danny Mitchell also in attendance.

The seminar was a great success and we are looking forward to more seminars in other areas in the near future.

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Thoughts are with Fort McMurray

Dear Sisters and Brothers : 

The catastrophic situation in the Fort McMurray area in Alberta is still evolving and it is not possible at this time to get sufficiently accurate information as to the situation. We are in contact with Brother Rick Eichel, Principal Officer of Local Union 362, and we have assured him of our support in these difficult times. 

We have over 1000 sisters and brothers who live or work in the area affected by the fire and the evacuation.  By the time the fire is over, many of our sisters and brothers will have lost their houses and their jobs.  Hopefully, all of them and their families will be safe and sound. 

Next Monday, Brother Eichel will be in a position to report more comprehensively on the situation.  Subsequently, the Executive Board of Teamsters Canada will be called upon to decide on the best way to support our sisters and brothers and the broader affected population. 

In solidarity

François Laporte

President / Président



International Workers Day



April Ratifications

  • Hyundai Oakville (first agreement)
  • Russell Metals
  • MacKenzie Black
  • McNally Construction
  • TST Clerical
  • Clean Harbours
  • Adelstein’s
  • Dufferin Concrete Burlington