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Teamsters Bulletin


Working Families Cannot Remain Silent in Fight for Justice, Equality

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement by the Teamsters in response to the violence propagated by white nationalists and neo-Nazis during their planned rally in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday that led to the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer, as well as state Troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.

“The Teamsters were saddened and disgusted by the behavior of hatemongers this weekend that resulted in the deaths of a woman standing up against them as well as two others who were involved in protecting the safety of all those present.

“In the face of such ignorance and malice, all of us must speak out and show unwavering resolve that makes it clear that all Americans are entitled to the same rights and protections, and that those who try to impede them will be dealt with swiftly and forcefully under the law.

“This union has long been a leader in fight for civil rights. It was more than 52 years ago that Viola Liuzzo, the wife of a Teamsters’ business agent in Michigan, was murdered by members of the KKK in Alabama while standing up for equal voting rights for African Americans. She was a martyr in the fight for justice. Tragically, Ms. Heyer joined her and became one herself on Saturday.

“It is time for this madness to stop. The Teamsters pledge to stand up against such despicable acts of hatred and intolerance. Only then will we truly become the great nation we all expect us to be.”


Niagara Labour Day Parade

Wear your Union shirts and come and join the Niagara Regional Labour Council in solidarity. 

On Monday September 4, 2017 we will be walking in the Merritton Labour Day Parade. We are asking everyone to meet for the line up of the parade at the Pen Center in the parking lot off of Chestnut St. West. (old Target Parking lot) for 9 a.m. as the parade begins sharply at 11 a.m. 

The parade begins at the Pen Center, 221 Glendale Ave., St. Catharines and continues along Chestnut St., west, up Glengary to Glendale, to Merritt St., to Seymour and ending at the Lions Community Carnival.  

In Solidarity,

Lou Ann Binning
Niagara Regional Labour Council


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Labour Day Parade Hamilton

Labour Day parade


Nomination Notice

Nomination Notice


Teamsters Canada Scholarship Notice

Teamsters Canada Scholarship Notice


Helping a Staff Member Out

Please read the document below to help out 1 of our staff employees and for caution when visiting a leash less dog parks with your pets.

On Wednesday July 19th, 2017 around 5:00 p.m. my husband and I visited the Heritage Green Dog Park with our two beagles, Lexi and Lola. We have been going to this dog park almost every day for over a year. 

We had a life changing traumatic event happen to us on that date where a bullmastiff type breed of dog by the name of Toby, grey brown in colour, viciously attacked our dog Lola. She hadn’t even got into the dog park and off her leash when he had her in his mouth shaking her around like a rag doll. My husband managed to punch the dog in the head in order for this dog to release Lola from her mouth. 

Lola was rushed to Beattie Animal Hospital in Stoney Creek where she had emergency life saving surgery. The vet informed us that the wound and injuries were within a millimetre of her jugular. My husband had to go to Urgent Care for his dog bite wound where he was given a round of antibiotics. They could not close the wound because with a dog bite the germs could fester causing an infection, so his finger is wrapped and splintered. During this process he also had to have his wedding ring cut off. 

The name of the owner of the dog that attacked Lola was Tyler and his dog’s name was Toby. We are trying to locate the owner of this dog because we need the dog’s immunization records in order to avoid my husband going through a series of rabies shots. We also want the owner to be held accountable for his dog’s brutal actions to avoid any future attacks on any other dog or person. We know he drove a Dodge Caravan and had two children with him as well as another dog. 

If you have any information at all or think you may know the owner of this dog, please contact Janet at 905-741-7768. 

Thank you for your help and assistance.



Today in Teamsters History

Today in 1934, the most violent episode of the Teamsters general strike in Minneapolis took place. A large group of unarmed workers were fired on by more than 100 police officers. They had been were lured to a street corner by deputies in a scab truck. The incident became known as “Bloody Friday.” Two pickets, John Belor and Henry Ness, were killed in the hail of bullets. More than 65 other workers were injured. The strike marked a turning point in US labor struggle, helping establish industrial trade unionism and transforming the Teamsters into a powerful force in the labor movement:


Hamilton PMC Elects New Officers | Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Hamilton PMC Elects New Officers


NY/NJ PMC Honor Given, Ebeling & Hunter | Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO

NY/NJ PMC Honor Given, Ebeling & Hunter


2017 Labour Day Parade

Labour Day Parade 2017 Notice


International Logistics Ratifies New Agreement

International Logistics ratified a new collective agreement last week. They agreed to an 11% wage increase over 5 years, $37 in health and welfare and a few changes in their retirement language.

The agreement was voted 67% in favour of excepting.


Humane Society BBQ

Business Representative Dan DiGiovanni and Rick Parent at this years Humane Society BBQ



Teamsters 879 Golf Tournament Cancelled

Golf Tournament Cancellation


West Contra Costa School District Workers Join Teamsters






Bill C-4 Update

Canada’s unions are celebrating the adoption of Bill C-4, legislation that repeals the former Conservative government’s controversial anti-union Bills
C-377 and C-525.

“Our affiliates and labour activists across the country have organized and campaigned against these bills from the beginning, and this is their victory to celebrate,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then promised that, if elected, he would repeal these bills and we are happy he has kept that promise,” he added.

The former Conservative government argued Bill C-377 was about union transparency, but experts from across the spectrum agreed it was really about red tape that would have forced unions, their suppliers, and other businesses they work with to spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and processing expense reports to be reviewed and filed – all at taxpayer expense.

Bill C-525 would have made it more difficult for workers in federally-regulated workplaces to join a union. It was opposed by labour relations experts, but was nonetheless passed into law by the Conservatives in December 2014.

Bill C-377 was opposed by everyone from the NHL Players’ Association to Conservative and Liberal senators, constitutional experts, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association, the insurance and mutual fund industry, seven provinces, and a long and diverse list of others in the business, financial, professional, legal, labour, and academic communities, private and public, federal and provincial. Despite that opposition, the Conservatives used their Senate majority to pass the bill on June 30, 2015.

“By passing Bill C-4, the federal government has demonstrated it understands the importance of fair labour relations, and the critical role unions play advancing rights for all Canadian workers,” said Yussuff.

“I want to thank everyone who opposed these bills over the years, in addition to both former minister MaryAnn Mihychuk for introducing Bill C-4 in January last year, and current labour minister Patty Hajdu for her Senate testimony in support of the bill. We are also grateful to Senator Diane Bellemare for shepherding it through the Red Chamber,” he added.


June Ratifications

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(SAN FRANCISCO) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters Joint Council President Rome Aloise on the workplace shooting that occurred yesterday at a San Francisco UPS facility that claimed the lives of three Teamsters. 

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families who have suffered as a result of this senseless act of violence. Our entire Teamster family suffers when anything like this happens to our sisters and brothers. We are working closely with Teamsters Local 2785 to set up a hardship fund for our members impacted by the shooting.” 

Teamsters Joint Council 7 represents more than 100,000 working men and women in 22 Teamsters Union locals in Northern California, the Central Valley, and Northern Nevada. 





Teamsters Local 777 Wins Fair Wages for First Student Drivers and Aides

(CHICAGO) – More than 80 percent of First Student school bus drivers and aides have voted to approve new contracts in Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove Village and Villa Park, Ill., increasing wages and other benefits for more than 400 school bus industry workers.

The drivers and aides are members of Teamsters Local 777, which fought to secure higher starting wages for workers and give First Student employees raises across the board.

Under the new Teamster contracts in Elk Grove Village and Villa Park, starting drivers will earn $17 an hour. Starting drivers in Glen Ellyn will see wages increase to $18 an hour. Other First Student Teamsters will see overall wages improve by up to $2 per hour, while more than half of the drivers across the three bargaining units will earn no less than $20 an hour.

The top wage rate for all Teamster drivers at First Student will now be $20.50 per hour. School bus aides’ wage rates will start at $13 an hour and cap at $15.

“This is the best contract we’ve ever had,” said Local 777 First Student Steward Regina Washington. “I know the Teamsters have secured the highest wages and benefits for privatized bus drivers in Illinois right now.”

All three contracts include a union-sponsored vision plan paid for by First Student, as well as a raise in charter pay. All contracts have increased the non-revenue rate and guarantee the company will match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions to 401(k) retirement plans, up to $500 each year.

The contracts for First Student drivers and aides in Elk Grove Village and Villa Park also added Super Bowl Sunday as a paid holiday.

“Teamster drivers and aides at First Student are professional and hardworking,” said Major Rose, Local 777 Vice President. “Our members really deserve these strong contracts that honor and reward their work and their commitment to the safe transportation of our children.”


Library Employees Join Teamsters



Ontario Teamsters Raise $108,000 for Variety Village, a Children’s Charity

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

The link below will direct you to the latest news from Teamsters Canada :

In Solidarity,

John McCann


Teamsters Local Union #879