Welcome to the New 2012 Members

The Executive Board and Staff at Teamsters Local Union 879 would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Teamster members that came on board in 2012.

The new 2012 groups to join Local 879 are,

  • HM Cash Oakville
  • RPM Environment Burlington
  • Gunnson Trucking (Redi-Mix)
  • Bushell Elk Construction
  • Norspec Industries Sarnia
  • Concrete Logistics Hamilton (Redi-Mix)
  • Specialty Haulers
  • Cardinal Courier


News from the U.S.A.






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New Year’s Message

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Vineland Quarries Ratify New Agreement with Teamsters 879

Employees of Vineland quarries ratified a new 2-year agreement with increases in wages, pension, benefits and a good comprehensive package. Hats off to Jim Lamonthe and Ernie Bishop for a job well done.


Illinois School Bus

(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters Local 777 and Teamsters Local 179 members in Illinois have overwhelmingly approved the first-ever master agreement with Illinois Central School Bus, the fifth-largest provider of school bus transportation in the United States.

The historic agreement improves working conditions and secures job protections for more than 600 Teamsters who work at Illinois Central, and will cover any future Illinois Central workers who join the Teamsters. The contract was ratified by a 3 to 1 margin.

The five-year agreement includes 48 articles securing workplace protections and improvements and providing strong language to raise standards for Teamsters at Illinois Central. The master agreement includes the right of drivers to refuse to drive an unsafe bus, an important step in ensuring the safety of schoolchildren and communities throughout Illinois.

Economic terms and additional workplace improvements will be negotiated in supplemental agreements with each individual Illinois Central location.

Teamsters Local 777 in Lyons, Ill., and Local 179 in Joliet, Ill., represent more than 1,000 Illinois Central workers. Since April 2012, more than 673 Illinois Central workers at seven Illinois Central school bus yards have joined the Teamsters.

Tom White, a six-year driver who works at Illinois Central’s Mount Prospect location, recently became a shop steward and is happy to have a strong Teamster contract.

“I feel great about our contract. It’s a huge first step in an industry that needs unions. We will have a process and transparency. Seniority will have to be honored. We’ve made progress,” said White, a member of the negotiating committee.

“This master agreement, along with the First Student master agreement, creates a high standard for safety and other protections that the rest of the industry will have to follow,” said Jim Glimco, President of Local 777.

“We are pleased to have negotiated a master contract that values these hardworking Teamster school bus workers,” said Tom Flynn, President of Local 179. “Our members also recently ratified individual contracts at three Illinois Central locations, with wage increases and protections that supplement the impressive gains made in the master agreement.”

“Congratulations to Illinois Central workers for ratifying a strong agreement that will improve their lives and raise the bar for student transportation service in Illinois. I am proud of the work of Local 777, Local 179, Joint Council 25 and the International Union in continuing to drive up standards in the school bus industry,” said John T. Coli, International Vice President and President of Joint Council 25.

Drive Up Standards is a national campaign to improve safety, service and work standards in the private school bus and transit industry. Since the campaign began in 2006, more than 35,000 drivers, monitors, aides, attendants and mechanics have become Teamsters.

For more information on the Drive Up Standards campaign, go to www.driveupstandards.org.



OLG Lockout Update

People headed to the Point Edward Casino this week are waiting for more than just lady luck.

Locked out unionized security guards with Teamsters Local 879 are staging information pickets at the nearby Venetian Boulevard intersection, letting patrons know about stalled negotiations with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.

All 38 union members were locked out Saturday after negotiators failed to reach a collective agreement. The union’s been without a contract since Oct. 31.


The Latest on the OLG Lockout

Below is a link to an update on the negotiations between Teamsters Local Union #879 and the OLG out of Point Edward Ontario.

38 security guards at the Point Edward Casino will be locked out at  one minute past twelve on Saturday morning. Teamsters Union Local 879 Business Rep Doug Pilkey says the OLG wants to be able to lay off full time workers before part-timers.

The guards, who have not had a raise in two years, saw their last deal expire October 31st. The OLG says the Casino will stay open and will bring in  security managers and supervisors from neighbouring sites.



Bill C-377

Brothers and Sisters:

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are determined to ram through Bill C-377, a private members’ bill that will force every union, every union local, every local labour council, every federation of labour and the Canadian Labour Congress to file intrusive financial reports that will be posted on a public website for every employer to see. We need your help now to stop this bill in its tracks!

The Canadian Bar Association says Bill C-377 should be withdrawn because it would invade the personal privacy of individual Canadians and is likely unconstitutional. Canada’s federal Privacy Commissioner also said that the bill would invade personal privacy and overreaches in its intent.

Yet Stephen Harper’s government wants to spend millions of your taxpayer dollars to set up a new bureaucracy to administer this bill. In the United States, a department that administers similar but less onerous reporting for unions had a budget of $41.3 million in 2012 – to track the financial reporting of 26,000 union locals. Stephen Harper’s government wants to track the spending of 25,000 union locals in Canada and we estimate it will cost the government anywhere from $32 million to $45 million a year just to operate – this at a time when the Conservatives are shutting down coast guards stations, search and rescue call centres, and eliminating food inspectors.

You and I know already that unions are accountable to their members. Any member coming to a local union meeting gets a detailed financial report from their elected executive on expenditures and an opportunity to ask questions.

I invite you to sign the online petition at https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/je-m-oppose-%C3%A0-l-adoption-de-c-377-i-oppose-c-377

Do not hesitate to reach the Teamsters Canada Government Affairs & Political Action team for clarifications on the bill and its implications.

Thank you all for your help.


Bulldogs Hockey/Union Night Out

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New Agreement with Quality Redi-Mix

Business Agent and Vice President Ernie Bishop has signed a new 5 -year agreement with Quality Redi-Mix. Ernie would like to recognize Steve Fish, Chief Steward, for a job well done.

The committee negotiated increases to their Health and Welfare, wages and Pension.


Tigray Mobile Signs with Teamsters

Tigray Mobile which specializes in cleaning Nuclear equipment has given Teamsters Local Union #879 automatic recognition for all their truck and Owner Operator drivers.

Business Agent Marty Taylor has scheduled meetings to carve out their first collective agreement.

Approx. employees – 60


H.J. Heinz opens Company Store to Teamsters

The H.J. Heinz Company of Canada is pleased to open their “Company Store” to members of Teamsters Local Union # 879 on the following days;

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Teamsters Statement on Mediation Between Hostess Brands and Bakers Union

Today, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall made the following statement regarding the announcement that Hostess Brands Inc. and the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union will enter into mediation led by bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain:

“Today’s development is a positive step toward finding a solution that will keep 18,500 men and women employed at Hostess. We are hopeful that the bakers’ union and the management team can find common ground during this mediation and avert liquidation.

“It is in the best interest of all parties involved that we remember what is at stake – the future of 18,500 workers and their families. This is not only about a brand or a product, it is also about real people that just want to work hard every day to provide for their families.

“The Teamsters will closely monitor the mediation between the BCTGM and Hostess management and assist in any way we can to help the two sides reach an agreement that keeps the company’s doors open.”



Clean Harbors: 540 workers join Teamsters

Approximately 540 workers of Clean Harbors Industrial Services in Fort McMurray have chosen the Teamsters Union to represent them.

The organizing campaign launched in May by Teamsters Local Union 362 had a happy ending last Friday when the Alberta Labour Relations Board certified Teamsters following a majority vote in favour of the union.

“The workers made it very clear that they had had enough of their employer’s arbitrary decisions,” said Richard Eichel, president of Teamsters Local 362. “They want respect and an end to favouritism. I think that’s a perfectly legitimate request.”

Teamsters will meet with the new members in the weeks ahead to find out their demands before negotiating a first collective agreement on their behalf.

“I’d like to congratulate the members of Clean Harbors’ organizing committee for not being afraid to stand up for their rights,” added the union leader. “Their courage and drive made all the difference.”

Clean Harbors provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal services for refineries and other industrial companies.


Canadian Teamsters lend a hand to Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Laval, November 13, 2012 – The Canadian Teamsters Union has raised $51,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Joint Councils 36, 52, 90 and 91, the Rail Conferences and Teamsters Canada all participated in the effort.

MORE : http://www.teamsters.ca/en/news/1812/canadian_teamsters_lend_a_hand_to_victims_of_hurricane_sandy


Your chance to win $2,000

The Canadian Labour Congress One Minute Message Contest is back! And this year we’re taking on all the negative trash-talk about unions.

Do you think unions make a difference for people other than union members? Do you believe that unions stand up for fairness for everyone? Are you aware that the union advantage averages $5.11 an hour which translates into $793 million extra each week into the Canadian economy? $793 million extra supporting local businesses and helping create local jobs? Did you know there are over 4,000,000 union members in Canada – raising money for charities, for the United Way, volunteering in their communities, or coaching kids’ sports teams?

Of course you do. And it’s time those stories get told. So if you have a video camera and some friends and you’ve had it with all the negative trash-talk about unions then enter the one minute message contest now. Entries will be received until January 31, 2013. A panel of esteemed judges will select the top five entries and then it’s up to the public to vote for their favourite. The producer of the video selected by the public as the best video wins $2,000. Spread the word!

Click here for contest details.


Retirement Security for Everyone

Get the Job Done!

In July, the provincial premiers instructed their finance ministers to examine proposals to expand the Canada Pension Plan, yet another signal that the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) campaign to expand the CPP is clearly the most viable option to solving the future pension crisis for today’s young people.

Join us in a live webcast on Monday, November 19, as three of Canada’s top pension experts debate the various options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan.

Moderated by Susan Harada, associate professor of journalism at Carleton University and former national parliamentary correspondent for the CBC, our panelists will examine how the CLC’s plan, and other plans to expand the CPP can provide a better and more secure retirement for all workers.

WHEN: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST WHO: Bernard Dussault, former Chief Actuary of the Government of Canada Dr. Keith Horner, nationally recognized pension consultant Dr. Michael Wolfson, Research Chair, University of Ottawa

Webcast link!


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Massive Program Leads to Victories on Ballot Initiatives, State and Federal Races

(WASHINGTON) – President Barack Obama’s re-election last night was aided by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ largest political effort ever. The Teamster Power 2012 program not only helped the president to victory, but was instrumental in ballot initiative victories in several states and the election of pro-worker candidates at the state and federal level.

“Working people proved something last night: When they fight, they can win against a corporate, anti-middle-class candidate, even after the Citizens’ United decision,” said Jim Hoffa, General President. “President Obama stood up for working families during one of our nation’s most difficult economic times. That’s why he won wherever unions put their resources. I congratulate President Obama and Vice President Biden on their well-deserved victory, and our Teamster members who worked tirelessly on their behalf.”

Tens of thousands of Teamsters volunteered for the union’s massive member mobilization efforts. Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall barnstormed key battleground states across the country, motivating Teamsters to volunteer and go to the polls for Obama.

The Teamster Power 2012 program builds on the strengths of previous campaigns and uses new technologies to communicate with even more Teamsters at work and at home.

Teamster efforts included:

  • 400      Teamsters participated in the program full time
  • More      than 500,000 worksite contacts
  • 100,000      Teamster contacts through the national Teamsters phone bank
  • 124      direct mail pieces developed and more than 3 million pieces of mail sent      to Teamster members
  • Hundreds      of thousands of Teamsters contacted through additional phone programs      including state specific teleforums with General President Hoffa and a      national leadership call with Vice President Biden
  • Social      media outreach including text messaging notifications for volunteer      opportunities, early vote programs and voting reminders

Additionally, Teamsters registered tens of thousands of new voters, conducted precinct walks, canvassed neighborhoods, drove voters to the polls and countless other activities.

Teamsters fought successfully against Prop 32 in California, which would restrict union money in politics but exempted billionaires. They also defeated the voter suppression amendment in Minnesota. In states such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Missouri and Indiana they worked extremely hard to defeat anti-worker extremists.

“We didn’t win every election, but we made progress on behalf of the middle class with a renewed energy, focus and organization,” Hoffa said.  “In Wisconsin and in Ohio especially, we helped put Obama over the top and won Senate victories because of our experience in past battles.

“Now let us all come together and support the President in order to continue to create good-paying jobs in America,” Hoffa continued. “The gridlock in Washington must end. I call on the Republican leadership to stop opposing efforts to create jobs. Instead of trying to thwart the President, I hope they will work to find common ground.”



Bragging Rights Bowling

On October 20, 2012…the TOWC hosted our very first annual “Bragging Rights Bowling” Event.

It was a huge success both in numbers, Team(ster) spirit participation and fun.  It was great to see the Teamster Locals from across Ontario come together for a friendly rivalry and compete for the entitlement of Bragging Rights.

A huge THANKS to Teamster Ontario Locals for their support with this event, we couldn’t have done it without you! The BRAGGING RIGHTS were won by Teamsters Local 938 “PURUPS TEAM” Bob Miles, Vince Johnson, Rick Richmond, Joe Jephson, and Ray Muise. A HUGE thanks to Vince Johnson for generously donating his 50/50 winnings back to the TOWC.  This helped to make the event an even greater success……..


Minister Raitt commends Teamsters Local #879 on reaching agreement

Ottawa, Ontario, September 18, 2012—the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister, congratulated Dynamex Canada Corp. and the Teamsters, Local 879, for ratifying a new collective agreement.

“I am very pleased that Dynamex Canada Corp. and Teamsters, Local 879, have successfully negotiated a new agreement without interruption to services,” said Minister Raitt. “Strong labour‑management relations benefit the economic prosperity and security of Canadians.”

Dynamex is a transportation company offering same-day transport and logistical services to customers in Canada and the United States. The collective agreement covering approximately 85 contractors employed by Dynamex Canada Corp. expired on March 31, 2012. The new agreement between the company and Local 879 is valid until September 16, 2015.

Negotiated agreements are in the best interest of the organization, employees, businesses and the Canadian economy. This agreement was reached with the assistance of a mediator from the Government of Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.


Concrete Logistics Vote “YES” to join Teamsters

Redi-Mix drivers from Concrete Logistics (under the RIMS umbrella) have voted to join Teamsters Local Union #879.

Welcome aboard

Total membership: 6 Redi-Mix drivers


Organizing in the USA

See below for information on a few of the big wins that have taken place lately in organizing from the IBT.

Remember, “Strength in Numbers”





Teamsters Union Kicks off the “Be Proud!” Seminar

Toronto, October 30, 2012 – Some 200 Teamsters Union officials will gather today in a downtown hotel for a special two-day seminar called “Be Proud!”

Because Teamsters Canada staff rarely has the chance to all get together, the organizers have invited three prominent speakers to take part in the seminar:

Elaine Bernard — Elaine Bernard serves as the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard University’s Law School and the Harvard Trade Union program;

Mitch Joel — Mitch Joel is one of the most influential authorities on blog marketing in the world and president of Twist Image, a digital marketing and communications agency;

Janet Stewart — Janet Stewart has 24 years of experience in the labour movement. She has been a catalyst for fundamental, systemic change to enable workers to prosper in a constantly changing economy.

Participants will also take part in workshops where they will not only be able to talk with their brothers and sisters about their daily work but also about their challenges and successes.

“Our staff knows what’s happening in the field because they have dealings with our 125,000 members every day,” explains Teamsters Canada president Robert Bouvier. “They are the cornerstone of the Teamsters Union and they have important things to say.” “The enthusiasm of our young people is contagious”

Members of the Teamsters Canada Youth Committee (TCYC) have also been invited to meet with their brothers and sisters from across the country. To this end, they wanted to make their mark at the seminar, which they did by posting short videos on their Facebook page.

“The enthusiasm of our young people is contagious,” explained Teamsters Canada president Robert Bouvier.” “Their ideas are refreshing and stimulating. They have a unique take on the working class and we’re all looking forward to hearing what they have to say.”

The seminar will also be an opportunity to lay the groundwork for Teamsters Canada’s 11th Convention, which will be held in Quebec City next June.


Strike Pay Increase

Laval, October 31st, 2012 – The president of Teamsters Canada has announced today that the members’ strike pay will increase from $200 to $300 per week. This means that Teamsters now offers the highest strike pay of all Canadian unions.

“Our organization is very sound financially because we manage our union dues responsibly,” explained Teamsters Canada president Robert Bouvier. “We have $50 million in our strike fund to cover members affected by a labour conflict.”

While strike benefits vary depending on the member’s employment status, most Canadian workers represented by the Teamsters Union will benefit from this increase.

The announcement was made during a seminar titled “Sois fier / Be Proud,” organized by Teamsters Canada in Toronto. The purpose of this gathering, which brought together union representatives and local union officers, was to fuel reflection on strategies to improve the services offered to Teamsters Canada’s 125,000 members.

“I’m proud of my organization and its members,” stated Mr. Bouvier. “I’m proud because they drive the economy, they participate actively in their communities and they defend the interests of all Canadians.”

The seminar was also held to prepare for Teamsters Canada’s 11th Convention, to be held in Quebec City next June.

“I’m looking forward to meeting our delegates from across the country,” said Mr. Bouvier. “We have a lot to discuss and many decisions to make. Together, we’re going to lay the groundwork for our union activities in the years ahead.”


A Teamster Win at Norspec

Teamsters Local Union #879 won another vote today at the OLRB with Norspec Filtration out of Sarnia Ontario. The vote count was 8 to 2 in favour of Teamsters.

Congratulations to the employees at Norspec on become new members of Local #879.

Total Membership: 10 Filtration warehouse workers.


YRC Reimer

YRC Reimer and Teamsters Local Union #879 ratified a new agreement for their clerical dept with increases to their Health & Welfare and Pension.


Canada’s Wonderland/Teamsters879

Checkout the “Deals for Members” page for information on this years Wonderland Halloween Haunt Teamsters 879 members deal.



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CAA South Central

The member’s at CAA South Central Ontario ratified their new three year agreement by a vote of 20 to 1.

Improvements to the Collective Agreement include a 3.75% wage increase over the life of the agreement as well as Health and Welfare benefits for part-time employees and an improvement to merchandise commission sales.

Thanks go out to Nikki Pettis – Member Service Counsellor Representative and Julie Holmes – Travel Agent Representative for all their help during negotiations.



Business Representatives Dave McLeod and Dan Digiovanni have ratified a 3 year deal with Dynamex.

They were legal to go on strike at 6pm last Thursday but got the deal done after 3 late night meetings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and getting it put together on Wednesday night. The employees voted it in by a 3-1 vote.

Congratulations go out to the negotiating committee of Joe King, Sharon Walker, Tony Horvath, Ken Miles and Mike Sidebotham for a job well done.


Richvalle York Block London

Local #879 Business Agent Marty Taylor would like to announce that the members of London’s Richvalle York Block have ratified an amended agreement by 100%, all increases no claw backs.

  • Plant wage increase of $1.10 over four years
  • Drivers will be at $22.10/hr. from $20.00 for the four year term
  • Pension will be at $1.20/ hour for all hours worked
  • Eye glass coverage increased to $200.00 every 24 months
  • Safety boots allowance increase to $125.00/ year from $115.00/ year


Canada’s First Labour Day

Canada’s first Labour Day was declared a national holiday by Prime Minister Sir John Thompson in 1894. But the origins of Labour Day came a few years earlier, when Canada’s first Prime Minister – Sir John A. Macdonald – took the side of striking workers in Toronto and passed the Trade Union Act of 1872 that decriminalized unions in Canada.

The two seminal moments in Canada’s labour movement both happened under Prime Ministers from Canada’s “Liberal-Conservative” party, as it was called then. Today, Liberals and Conservatives are opposing parties, and the NDP is Canada’s Official Opposition. But one thing that can, and should, bring together all Canadian citizens – and all Canadian political parties – is a fact that is as old as our country: workers build Canada. We are stronger when we build together – workers, employers and Government. It was true when our nation was first built, and it is true today as we are building Canada’s future together.

Together, we have built a strong foundation. Canada is poised to lead North America, and perhaps even the world, in energy production, infrastructure, sound environmental stewardship, a strong and stable economy, and a good job market for the workers who build Canada. Throughout our history as workers, there have been times to stand up, times to fight, and times to work together – for the benefit of workers, and for the benefit of Canada.

In the 1800’s, trade unions were outlawed in Canada and workers were exploited. That was a time to take to the streets, and we took to the streets. On April 15th, 1872, 10,000 people marched on Queen’s Park – more than a tenth of Toronto’s population at the time – and we got the attention of government. Three days later, John A. Macdonald introduced a Bill to legalize trade unions, and less than two months later – a blink of an eye by today’s legislative standards – the Trades Union Act was passed in Parliament. That was 140 years ago. Today, in 2012, trade unions are not outlawed in Canada. We are protected by law. Today, the workers who build Canada enjoy freedoms and rights and opportunities that are the envy of workers around world.

Labour Day – the day we celebrate the workers who build Canada – is a national, statutory holiday from coast to coast to coast. There was a time for fighting. But that time is not now. Now is a time for us to work together: the government of Canada, the workers and contractors who build Canada. Together we can make Canada stronger. In the construction portion of the Labour Movement, we understand this perhaps better than most. As workers, we are stronger when we work together and much stronger when we work with our employers. The same is true of Canada: we are stronger when all the players work together.

So, on this day, when we celebrate the value of work, and the contributions of workers throughout Canada’s history, let us vow to make this next year a year in which we all work together – workers, unions, contractors and government – to make Canada’s future even stronger. Because in Canada, as our history has shown, we are stronger when we work together.

Robert R. Blakely

Director of Canadian Affairs

Labour Day message 2012


Teamsters Local #879 at Grand Bend

Thanks goes out to all the staff at Local 879 that participated in the Labour Day weekend event at the Grand Bend Motorplex. The track put on a great show for all to see. It was great to see so many members come out with their friends and families to help celebrate the weekend with us.

Below are just a few pictures from the Grand Bend event.


Tricast Bronze

Today, Tricast Bronze ratified in favour of a new agreement by 95%. An increase of $2.25 in wages over the 5 yr term, an increase in vision care, safety glasses, RRSP contributions, a drug card implemented, vacation schedule reduced so more members go to the next level and get an extra weeks vacation and updated language.

Congratulations go out to Vice President Jim Chalmers and Tricast Steward Mark Little on a job well done.


News from the U.S.A.


Pilots Seek Fair Work Rules, Scheduling Improvements, Improved Benefits

(Washington, D.C.) – Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted to join the Airline Professionals Association (APA), Teamsters Local 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, the Teamsters Airline Division announced today. There are approximately 350 pilots in the bargaining unit.

Allegiant Air, subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company, employs pilots flying McDonnell Douglas MD80’s and Boeing 757’s. Pilots want fair work rules, improved scheduling, improved pension and health care benefits and the security of a Teamster contract.

“This election is a major victory for Allegiant Air pilots,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “The Teamsters Union stands ready to assist these pilots in securing their future with Allegiant Air.”

“The pilots of Allegiant have spoken and chosen to be represented by the Teamsters,” said Corey Berger, an Allegiant pilot. “We look forward to working with management to build a career airline and strong company. We also thank the Teamsters Airline Division, Local 1224 and the 1.4 million Teamsters for their continued support.”

“We look forward to representing the pilots of Allegiant Air as they begin negotiating their first contract,” said Daniel C. Wells, President of APA Local 1224. “But even beyond the scope of representation, we are excited about their future participation and professional contributions to our local and the Teamsters.”

“Throughout their drive to organize as Teamsters, I consistently saw a steadfast commitment among the Allegiant Air pilots to secure a voice in their workplace and in their future,” said Traey Liggett, an International Union Representative. “They are true unionists who understand the value of working together to advance the working conditions of their crew force.”

Teamsters Local 1224 now represents flight crew members employed by ABX Air, Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, Cape Air, Horizon Airways, Kalitta Air, Miami Air, Omni Air International, Silver Airways and Southern Air.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.


879 Golf Tournament

Just wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the 879 Golf Committee of Dave McLeod, Doug Pilkey and Danny Mitchell for a job superbly done!

The day was perfect and everyone that attended told me what a great time they had and that they would be back next year. The prize table was outrageous and the members commented on this being one of the best tournaments that they had attended this year. The staff of Ingersoll Golf Club were very accommodating and the food was excellent.

On behalf of the Executive board and staff at 879, I would like to thank all the members and their guest that helped make the 2012 Golf Tournament a success.

Jim Chalmers

Vice President

Teamsters Local Union 879



Hello all,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to let the members know that effective August 1st Brother Chalmers will officially take over as the Armoured Car Director for Teamsters Canada.

The decision was unanimously made at the Joint Council Executive Board and was confirmed by a call and then a letter to Brother Bouvier who accepted our recommendation. Further, he will be relinquishing his role as the Provincial Political coordinator and in turn that will go to Brother Cadeau from Local 647.

So I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Brother Chalmers in his new role and wish him nothing but success and good fortune in the future.

John McCann

President Local Union 879


2012 Essay Contest

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is holding a 2012 Essay Contest. Please refer to the “Our Local” page and click on “2012 Essay Contest” for more information on the contest.


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Memorial Service

On behalf of the members, staff and executive board of Teamsters Local Union # 879, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of Michelle Shegelski, Brian IIesic and Eddie Rejano.

The fallen Sister and Brothers will be sadly missed by their entire Teamster family and especially by your fellow Armoured Car Brothers and Sisters who continue to put their lives on the line on a daily basis. You will forever be remembered!


John McCann

President, Teamsters Local Union # 879

Armoured Car Director, Teamsters Canada



Supplier of the Year Award

Below are a few pictures from the recent thank you BBQ for Canadian Electro Coating, Prince Metal Products and Nartech winning the “Supplier of the Year” award from GM.memorial service memorial service memorial service


Return to Work Dues

Attached below is a newsletter that is being posted in all workplaces regarding dues when you return to work after time off from your workplace.

Please give it a read as it is the responsibility of each member to advice the Local once a member has returned to work after a short or long term absence.

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New Construction Members

Teamsters Local Union 879 would like to welcome the drivers from Bushell Elk Construction. As of today, Business Representative Martin Taylor and Membership Development Coordinator Jim Killey has organized the drivers of Bushell Elk Construction.

Martin Taylor is presently in negotiations with Bushell Elk.

Total membership: 26 employees.


Local 879/Gunnson Trucking

Teamsters Local Union 879 has organized 4 Redi-Mix and 2 Long Haul drivers from Gunnson Trucking in Port Elgin Ontario. Business Representative Martin Taylor is presently in negotiations with Gunnson.

Total Membership: 6 employees.


Stewards Seminar

Below are some pictures from the recent Stewards Seminar held at the Hamilton office. At Teamsters 879 we feel that educating our stewards is a priority which benefits everyone from the members to the employers.


Teamsters Ratifies New Deal with Halton

The employees of Emterra-Halton Recycling in Burlington ratified their first Collective Agreement on June 8, 2012 by a margin of 70 percent in favour.

It was a hard fought battle for the first agreement with this national company with the contract being the first  Teamster Agreement in Ontario. The new Local 879 members will see pay increases of 5.25% over the next three years, increases to their Benefit coverage as well as improvements to their overtime language.

Business Representative Danny Mitchell would like to thank new Teamster members Pam Kljajevich and Joe Watson for their help on the negotiating committee. The Executive Board of  Local 879 would like to take this opportunity to welcome these newest members to the Teamsters family and we look forward to building on this solid foundation in the future.


General Membership Meeting (Summer 2012)

The General Membership Meetings for the months of June/July and August 2012 have been cancelled.

From President John McCann, the Executive Board and Staff at Teamsters Local Union 879… “HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!”


Teamsters Canada and CP Rail

The Teamsters Union, which represents about 5,000 CP workers, has gone on strike as the two sides were unable to reach an agreement despite talks that continued until the deadline. Both the union and CP spokesman Ed Greenberg say the negotiations will continue.

The two sides had met with federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt on Tuesday morning and continued negotiations throughout the day. Teamsters vice-president Douglas Finnson described the meeting with Raitt as “very positive” without elaborating on the topics discussed. He said major points of contention are pensions, some work rules and fatigue management.

Teamsters Local Union 879 President John McCann, Vice President Jim Chalmers, Business Agent Ernie Bishop, Business Agent Danny Mitchell and Membership Development Coordinator Jim Killey went down in the last couple of days to the Gage Street location in Hamilton to show their support.

Stay Strong, Stay United and Fight for what is right.

To all the Teamster Members at CP Rail, we are with you all the way.


The Briefing Paper

“How Unions Help All Workers”

Remember the saying, “Strength in Numbers!”

Below is a paper in pdf format by Lawrence Mishel with Matthew Walters for the Economic Policy Institute on how unions help everyone… and yes, even the employers.

Give it a read and then you will know why organizing is important to everyone and why all of us should play a part in it.

Briefing paper


Deals for Members

As a very active Local we at Teamsters Local Union 879 are putting together a bunch of summer deals for our members and their families.

Please frequently visit our Deals for Members page to checkout the deals that we have landed with summer fun companies in your Locals area.


Annual Day of Mourning

London marks Day of Mourning with calls for better protection of workers.

“Is today the day you die at work?”

This is one question London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen wants to have disappear from discussions between workers around the world.

She was one of nearly 50 people who came out to the London and District Labour Council’s headquarters on Adelaide Street Saturday morning (April 28) to mark the annual Day of Mourning.

For more than 30 years, the Day of Mourning has commemorated workers killed, injured or made ill at their jobs.

“It is definitely a somber day,” said Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London-Fanshawe.

She shared a number of sobering statistics with the gathering of local workers, union representatives and politicians.

On average, Armstrong said, four workers are killed each day in Canada and a million more are injured every year.

“For every 16 workers in Canada, one of them will suffer an injury while in the workplace,” she said.

The annual cost of workplace deaths and injuries in Canada, Armstrong added, is $12 billion.

For that amount of money, Canada could reduce tuition fees to 1992 levels, introduce a national pharmacare program, provide safe drinking water to the country’s First Nations communities and start an early childhood education program, with cash leftover, she said.

Mathyssen, a member of the federal Opposition NDP, called on the Conservative government to pass, and ensure the enforcement of, legislation to keep workers safe and bring “employers who kill to justice.”

Jim Mahon, chair of the council’s environment committee and a former health and safety inspector for Ford, told the gathering 436 workers lost their lives in Ontario last year and 71 people were killed on the job between January and March of this year in the province.

Such numbers, he said, are unacceptable.

“You go to work to make money, to feel a part of society. You don’t go to work to die.”

After brief speeches from the dignitaries in attendance, Len Elliott, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 102, led the gathering to a memorial to workers killed or injured on the job where a minute of silence was observed at 11 a.m.

The memorial reads “Fight for the living, mourn for the dead.”

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APD Employees Ratify First Agreement

On Tuesday April the 24th, the employees at APD (All Parts Delivery) in London ratified a first collective agreement which brought a language protection package, 3% increase in wages, a $200 signing bonus, no more unpaid overtime and finally “a lunch break.”

Congratulations goes out to Business Representative Dave McLeod and the negotiating committee of Peter MacLean,Victor Ataide and Hisham Hamada. A job well done boys.


Another Win for 879

Teamsters Local Union 879 would like to welcome the employees of RPM to the 879 family. Today the ballot box with the votes containing the answer to whether or not the employees of RPM Environment would join the Teamsters was opened. After all the challenges were agreed on, the Board Officer at the Ontario Labour Relations Board counted the ballots and the employees voted 10 to 1 to join the Teamsters.

From all of us at 879, welcome aboard.

Total membership: 16 members.


International Women’s Day

The Canada Labour Congress and Brampton, Mississauga District Labour Council, together with the Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus, CAW Toronto West Women’s Committee,  CUPE Local 966 Women’s Committee, OPSEU Region 2 Women’s Committee, and USW Area Council Women’s Committee held it’s 1st Inaugural Peel Region International Women’s Day brunch on March 25th, 2012 to celebrate and honour women in all walks of life.

Proceeds of this event will go to Abused Women’s Shelters and Women’s Homeless Shelters in the local community, in the Region of Peel.

Through the generosity and support of all the Unions involved, and their affiliated companies, the IWD Event raised approximately $4,900 in charitable donations, from the day’s celebrations.  These monies will be distributed to the various Women’s Shelters in the area. 350 tickets were sold; and although no attendance was taken at the door, we suspect that there were approx. 250 people in attendance.  The food was great thanks to the Brothers who cooked and served it, we had over 50 raffle prizes to give away and everyone enjoyed the speakers and the entertainment.

The IWD Committee were extremely thankful to all the Unions who participated and generously donated food items, linens, raffle gifts, the event hall, etc.   


Lafarge Ready-Mix

Teamsters Local 879 & Lafarge Ready-Mix in Niagara Falls ratified a new 5-year agreement by 95% to give the members a $2.50 increase in wages, new improved language and increases in their benefit packages.


Teamsters & Lafarge Slag Ratify Deal

Teamsters Local 879 ratified a 5-year deal with Lafarge Slag in Stoney Creek. The new deal included benefits upgrades and $2.50 over the 5-year agreement.


879 Heads to Beamsville

On Wednesday April the 11th, Teamsters Local 879 presented a seminar to the co-op students at Beamsville District Secondary School. It was a very interactive seminar as the students were informed on the benefits of working Union,being involved in their Union and why being a Union member can provide them and their families with a better standard of living. Also how being involved helps you work safer and gives you a voice in the workplace.

Susan Gordon, a Secondary School Teacher in the Cooperative Education Department said, “A big thank you to Jim Chalmers, Jim Killey and Ernie Bishop. Your insight is wonderful. It is amazing the questions I will get regarding your presentation as the term progresses. This is such valuable information for the students.”

From all of us at 879, you’re welcome. It was our pleasure.


Aluma Systems Sarnia

Aluma Systems Sarnia has ratified an emended collective agreement by 100%.


Clean Harbours

Members at Clean Harbours in Thorold voted 100% in favour of accepting a new four year agreement. It includes a generous wage increase, the removal of the cap on severance benefits, increases to their meal allowances, per diems when away from home and the addition of three sick days as well.

Local Business Representative Danny Mitchell would like to thank Steward Leonard Aquilina for his help negotiating this collective agreement.


Stewards Seminar

On March the 19th and 20th, Teamsters Local Union 879 held seminars for the Stewards of Purolator and UPS. Very informative sections that covered the newly signed Purolator Collective Agreement, the UPS Collective Agreement and the on-going FedEx campaign.

Thanks to all the Stewards that attended. You are the backbone of the organization.



Tragedy at Burlington, Ontario

Brothers and Sisters,

Sunday afternoon a VIA rail train, travelling on CN track just west of Toronto, derailed and crashed through two empty outbuildings before coming to rest with the unit and one other car, on their sides.

The train was carrying 75 passengers, over 60 of whom were injured. Many seriously.

The 3 VIA train crew members on the head end were killed. They were all Teamsters.

Our thoughts, our prayers and our condolences go out to their families and friends, as railroaders we sit in collective shock. Because whether you pull a throttle or swing a spike maul, you know the bond that ties all of us together.

There is a romantic side to railroading, the stuff that Pierre Berton wrote about and that Gordon Lightfoot put into song. We know it, we feel it and we live it. But today we are caught in the other side, the tragedy and the heartbreak.

To all my brothers and sisters, on every line across the country… I urge you. Stay safe out there. Though many of the accidents that befall us cannot be foreseen, keep your eyes open for those that can.  Your safety…your lives…are much too important to be left in the hands of management.

And add your voices to mine in demanding that Bill S-4 get passed and passed quickly. Do not stop shouting that rail safety is a priority in Canada, on all roads. For the protection of our friends, our families and our neighbours… we need strict adherence to the regulations and we need Transport Canada to be given the resources to ensure this. And we need it now.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay united.

In sadness and solidarity,

William Brehl
President, TCRCMWED
Office (613) 733 4456
Cel (613) 889 8620  www.tcrcmwed.ca


Strike Averted 

Taylor Chrysler on Centennial Parkway in Hamilton, ratified a two year contract by 80%. $1.10 over two years, increase in RRSP contributions, increase in work wear, increase in eyeglasses, a new system for how work is delegated and language for training modules.

Thanks to Vice President Jim Chalmers (J.C.) and Chief Steward Charlie Polizzi for a job well done.


High School Seminar

Local 879 President John McCann, Vice President Jim Chalmers and Business Representative Danny Mitchell recently presented a seminar to the co-op students at Centennial High School in Welland Ontario. The local has held seminars at numerous schools in the Hamilton-Niagara area over the last few years in which they talk to co-op students entering into the workforce.

They are informed on the benefits of working Union, being involved in your Union and why being a Union member can provide you and your family with a better standard of living. Being involved also helps you work safer and gives you a voice in the workplace.

Your local feels that it is important to inform the young workers of the options they will have in their working careers and why if possible they will benefit by working in a unionized environment.



879 is now on Twitter.

Go to our Teamsters Links page and click on the Twitter icon to follow us on Twitter for all your updates straight to your computer, phone or both.


Another Win for 879

A vote for 5 Armed Guards at HM Cash took place on Friday, February the 10th. Once the ballots were counted, the employees voted 4 to 1 to join the Teamsters.

From the Executive board and Staff at Local 879, welcome aboard.

Total membership: 5 Armed Guard employees.


YRC Reimer – Woodstock, Ontario

For any that are interested, YRC Reimer has the following 4 permanent positions available.

Three (3) full-time combination driver-dockmen.

One (1) part-time clerical office worker.

Resumes may be faxed to or dropped off at Teamsters Local Union 879 London office to the attention of Doug Pilkey

London office: 1790 Dundas Street, Unit #22

Fax: 519-455-4668

Phone: 519-455-5180


Union Dues Notice


This is to remind you that your T4 slip shows your deduction for Union dues.

When you file your income tax return, don’t forget to make the Union dues deduction on the appropriate line of your T1 General Federal Tax Form.


King Paving Votes Yes

Employees at King Paving ratified a 3-year deal by 98% with increases to their wages and benefits. Hats off to Business Representative Ernie Bishop and the negotiating committee for a job well done.



London Day of Action – Update

London Day of Action

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Caterpillar Inc. is attempting to bulldoze Canadian workers. It is time to fight back!

Electro-Motive, a subsidiary of U.S. industrial giant Caterpillar Inc., wants to strong-arm workers into a pay cut of over 50%, dropping hourly wages from $35 to $16.50. It has also leveled devastating cuts to benefits and pensions at the members of CAW Local 27 even though the company has enjoyed billions in profit and a 20% boost to production over the last year.

The labour movement must come together to defend these workers and stop Caterpillar dead in its tracks. It’s time that organized labour began to militantly push back against every greedy employer-whether in the private or public sector-that is attacking good jobs and retirement  security for current and future employees.

The OFL is calling on every labour council to help mobilize for a massive Day of Action Against Caterpillar in London on Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 am to support the members of CAW Local 27.

The rally will take place at Victoria Park in London, Ontario. We need every labour council and affiliate to begin mobilizing quickly and aggressively to fill buses to London with your members and community allies, no matter where they are in the province.


United Plastics Ratifies a New Deal

On December 17th/2011, Teamsters Local 879 ratified a new collective agreement with United Plastics in Exeter. It was a 3-year deal with increases in wages and pension. Thanks to Business Agent Dave McLeod and the negotiating committee for a job well done.