2016 News Archives 2017-03-13T12:50:13+00:00

London Bandits Major Pewee MD Black Hockey Team

At Sunday’s General Membership meeting, a plaque was presented by Aaron Renauld, the son of Brother Chris Renauld, to Teamsters Local union No. 879 for appreciation of the donation for his 2015/2016 London Bandits Major Pewee MD Black hockey team.

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16.12.30

November Ratifications

  • Lafarge Niagara Falls
  • Handy Transit
  • Norspec
  • Oakgroup
  • Kaumeyer Paper

16.12.16

2017 Hoffa Scholarship

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16.12.16

Community Cares

On Friday December 9th, 2016, Chief Steward Corrina Kelly out of Central Taxi will be out at the Community Cares event at City Hall in St. Catharines. She will be raising money for the 12th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive in support of Community Care in St. Catharines and Thorold.

If you’re in the area, please stop by the event and show your support. Corrina will accept cash or check. Join the drivers of Central Taxi to show that we all support our community.

16.12.05

Withdrawal Forms

A reminder to fill out a withdrawal form and send to the local if you are taking any time off in any given calendar month. A reminder note is attached. You can fill out the form at your convenience through the locals website under the “Application for Withdrawal” page.

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16.12.05

Teamsters 879 Christmas Office Hours

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16.12.05

Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project

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16.12.01

Bill 132

http://bill132.ca/

16.11.30

Hoffa-Hall Elected to Five Year Term

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16.11.30

Union Powered Insurance

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16.11.22

Blue Water Bridge Strike

Negotiations have broken off with the Blue Water Bridge. Our PSAC members will be striking as of 6am tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Here is our press release: http://ontario.psac.com/media-releases/blue-water-bridge-workers-strike-alert 

Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. It is going to be very difficult to hold a picket line with a small local, but we are determined and we know that with the labour movement we are never alone.  

Thank you! 

In Solidarity, 

Lino Vieira,

PSAC Ontario Political Communications Officer

Cell – 416-577-0238

www.psac.com/ontario

16.11.21

IBT 2016 Election Results

https://www.ibtvote.org/election-results

16.11.18

UPS Strike Vote

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16.11.15

Hoffa/President Elect Trump

https://teamster.org/news/2016/11/hoffa-teamsters-will-work-president-elect-worker-issues

16.11.12

Driverless Deliveries

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16.11.12

October Ratifications

  • Wolverine Freight
  • Tepperman’s
  • N J Spivak
  • Mobile Mix
  • Taylor Chrysler Dodge Auto Body
  • Richvale York Block Inc

16.11.01

IBT Election Update:

IBT Election Supervisor Information

The Office of the Election Supervisor

is conducting the secret ballot election for these International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Officers:

  • General President
  • General Secretary-Treasurer
  • Three (3) International Trustees
  • Seven (7) International Vice Presidents At-Large
  • Three (3) Eastern Region International Vice Presidents
  • Four (4) Central Region International Vice Presidents
  • Two (2) Southern Region International Vice Presidents

In October, all members of the IBT will receive a mailing that will allow them to mark and return their secret ballot vote by mail. The secret ballots will be returned to a post office box controlled by the Office of the Election Supervisor, and the count is planned to start on Monday, November 14, 2016.

If you do not receive your secret ballot by October 17, 2016 you should contact the Office of the Election Supervisor to request a ballot.

Important Dates

  • September 2016: Publication in IBT Magazines of campaign material of nominated International Officer Candidates
  • October 2016: Mailing of campaign material of nominated International Officer Candidates
  • October 6 2016: Mailing of ballots for International Officer Election
  • November 14 2016: Deadline for receipt of ballots to be counted and counting of ballots in International Officer Election

electionsupervisor@ibtvote.org

202-429-8683 844-428-8683 (Toll-free)

16.09.29

Press Release from Teamsters Canada

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16.09.21

New Executive Board Members

At Sunday’s General Membership meeting, President McCann swore in Secretary Treasurer Danny Mitchell and Trustee Joe King in to their new positions.

Congratulations to Danny and Joe on their new positions on the Executive Board.

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16.09.19

Teamsters Canada Scholarship Deadline – September 30th

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16.09.19

Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada

Just a friendly reminder to please visit our website: www.pipeline.ca under the Awards tab for more information about our Student Award Program. All information regarding eligibility, as well as access to our online application is available on the Awards tab.

16.09.19

Notice of Election

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16.09.09

2016 Hamilton Labour Day Parade

16.09.06

Teamsters Local Union #879 New Trustee Announcement

New Trustee

16.09.06

Teamsters International Election Notice (correct address)

Below is a correct address notice for the upcoming Teamsters International election. Please make sure that your mailing address is up to date with your local.

IBT Election Notice

16.09.06

Reminder of the September General Membership Meeting (notice below)

September GM meeting notice

16.09.06

2016 Grand Bend Motorplex Event

The Executive Board and staff of Local 879 want to thank all the members and their guests that showed up at our 12th annual Grand Bend event on Saturday.

Drag racing at it’s finest, food, drinks and fun had by all.

Thanks to everyone that put this great event together.

Below is a slide presentation of the Motorplex event hosted by Teamsters Local Union #879.

16.09.04

Teamsters Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. The Teamsters General Executive Board unanimously voted to endorse the former senator and secretary of state.

“We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “She is the right candidate for the middle class and working men and women across the country. She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so much for the chance to retire with dignity.

“The Oval Office needs to be occupied by a serious candidate who understands what it means to govern responsibly,” Hoffa said. “Donald Trump supports national right-to-work laws that are proven to weaken the middle class and has a long track record of shipping jobs out of the country as a businessman. He is no friend to working Americans.”

16.09.01

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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16.08.29

2016 JRH Essay Contest

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

Canadian Winners Essay-Contest-2016

16.08.25

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.

16.09.04

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.

16.08.22

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

16.08.22

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

16.08.16

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. 

https://labourstudies.mcmaster.ca/certificate-programs

https://www.labourstudies.mcmaster.ca/hdlc-mac-mohawk-certificates

16.08.12

Hotel Le President Lockout Update

Hotel Le President lockout ends Wednesday

16.07.29

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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16.07.26

June Ratifications

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

16.07.26

Teamsters Stands up for Taxi Drivers

Teamsters Stands up for Taxi Drivers

16.07.24

2016 Grand Bend Event

Grand Bend

16.07.22

2016 Labour Day Parade

Labour Day Parade

16.07.22

Teamsters Canada Scholarship

Teamsters Canada Scholarship

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16.07.21

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.

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16.07.21

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.

16.07.21

IBT News

Teamsters Pledge More Than $1.4 Million To Fight Against Addiction

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16.07.05

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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16.06.21

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

16.06.16

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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16.06.09

May Ratifications

  • Dundas Trucking
  • Attridge Coach Lines (first contract)
  • Norm Campbell Construction
  • Ken Jackson Construction
  • Highcrest Properties
  • Sarnia Concrete Products
  • Aecon Industrial in Cambridge
16.06.08

Hoffa Scholarship Reminder

Scholarship reminder

16.06.08

General Membership Meetings (Summer Meetings)

GM meeting cancellation

16.06.01

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

16.05.25

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

16.05.14

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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16.05.09

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

TEAMSTERS CANADA

16.05.05

International Workers Day

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY

16.05.01

April Ratifications

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

16.05.01

Earth Week

Please find below a link for the CLC’s Earth Day Statement. This week is Earth Week and, of course, Earth Day itself is this Friday, April 22.      

http://canadianlabour.ca/news/news-archive/earth-day-let%E2%80%99s-leave-legacy-sustainability-future-generations

16.04.22

Helmets to Hardhats Program (H2H)

Consider the Veterans available through the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada program.

Helmets to Hardhats

16.04.18

Taylor Chrysler Hamilton

Today, a vote took place for the body shop and detailing employees at Taylor Chrysler in Hamilton. The employees voted to join Teamsters Local Union #879 by 100%

Congratulations and welcome aboard.

16.04.07

Oakville Hyundai Members Ratify first Collective Agreement

The employees at Oakville Hyundai ratified their first collective agreement bringing respect and dignity back to the workplace.

Teamsters Secretary Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Steward Dave Schultz, did a great job in negotiations bringing important language, increases in wages, benefits and many more improvements to the workforce.

16.04.06

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16.04.06

Convention Call

2016 IBT Convention

Convention Call

16.04.04

879 Golf Tournament

2016 Golf Tournament notice

16.04.04

A New Deal for the Members

Want to get into shape. We have a club membership discount below for all 879 members.

Century and National Fitness in Hamilton is giving a Teamsters enrolment discount (both clubs combined) to all 879 members if you sign up by April 30th, 2016.

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16.03.23

March Ratifications

  • McNally Construction
  • IBEW Kitchener clerical
  • Hotz Environment
  • TST Overland clerical
  • Port Burwell Volunteer Firefighters

16.03.20

GFL London joins Teamsters

Employees at GFL Environmental Ltd in London, today voted in to join Teamsters Local Union #879.

To all the employees at GFL, welcome aboard.

16.03.08

International Women’s Day (IWD)

Teamsters Ontario Women collectively celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) on Saturday March 5, 2016 with over 500 Sisters, Brothers and Friends of Labour.

The event is organized by an IWD Committee in which the Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus works diligently with more than 15 different Unions. It is a wonderful celebration of Women, with Inspiring Speakers, Exciting Raffles and a Live auction all shared over a delicious brunch and in good company. We also enjoyed the participation from our “Brothers of Labour” who generously volunteered their time to help us with preparations, along with the special touch of ushering the ladies to their tables and serving our breakfast.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event were greetings from Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffery, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Peel Region Chief of Police Jennifer Evans, Guest Speakers Orville Edwards – Hope 24/7 and Samra Zafar – Interim Place and our Key Note Speaker Barb Byers – CLC Secretary Treasurer.

Our Thanks to Teamsters Local Union 879 for their continuous support of this important event as well as ALL Teamsters Ontario Union Locals, Joint Council 52 and Teamsters Canada. Thanks also to our Strong Teamster Women who remain active at work, at home, in their communities and in our Union. I am proud to say that Teamsters play an integral role in this event with planning, organizing, supporting and attendance.

The event is hosted by Peel Regional Labour Council, the Canadian Labour Council and their affiliates and was held at Capital Banquet Centre in Mississauga.

All proceeds of this event will benefit Armagh House, Hope 24/7 and Wellspring to which we can proudly say we were able to present each recipient with a cheque for $8000. Thank you again for your support and for encouraging and supporting our Teamster Women.

In Solidarity

Lenna Phenix

President

Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus

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16.03.08

New Teamsters Canada Representative

From Teamsters Canada President Francois Laporte:

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I am pleased to notify you that David Cooper has been appointed to the position of Teamsters Canada Representative, as of February 1st, 2016. His office will be based in Vancouver, B.C.

16.02.29

Local 879 Youth Committee Representative

Great update from Youth committee 879 Representative Chelsea Longworth on what the Youth committee is up to after their meeting that took place in Ottawa.

Attached are pictures of Chelsea and President McCann after the General Membership meeting that was held in London on Sunday.

Chelsea is a member of UPS London Clerical

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16.02.29

February Ratifications

  • A-1 Driver Training (Young Drivers of Canada)
  • McNally Construction
  • Prologic
  • Taylor Chrysler

Central Taxi Dispatch Committee meets with the Members

Members of Central Taxis dispatch committee hard at work.

They had a meeting on Wednesday with several taxi drivers at the Thorold Hall. There was an open discussion on many issues including dispatch problems, zoning and UBER. I have a whole new respect for the drivers in the taxi industry. Hard working people.

Flag a cabbie next time you need a lift, especially a Teamster cabbie.

CT Dispatch Committee

Committee members and stewards, Corrina Kelly, Mark Molnar, Carlos with member Andrew Chamberlain.

16.02.11

A-1 Driver Instructors Ratify first Collective Agreement

The Driver Instructors at A-1 Driver Training Inc ratified their first collective agreement on January 31st, 2016. A-1 operates as Young Drivers of Canada.

Through negotiations, Teamsters Representatives were able to negotiate a 12% increase in wages for all Instructors that teach In-Car lessons, increases in wages for all Instructors that teach In-Class lessons plus all the protection that a Collective Agreement brings to the member.

Thanks go out to Steward Steve Perrin for all his hard work during negotiations. A job well done.

16.02.06

International Women’s Day Event

Hi Everyone

I just wanted to let you all know that the Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus is once again involved in the International Women’s Day Event in the Mississauga area.

We have been involved in this event since it began 4 years ago.  What started out as a group of 5 Union’s Women’s Committees in collaboration with the CLC – Ontario Branch and the Peel Regional Labour Council has now grown to involve over 15 different Unions.  We have expanded from an event that housed approximately 200 to over 600 participants.

This year’s Key Note Speaker is Sister and Secretary Treasurer Barb Byers from the Canadian Labour Congress and she is a fantastic speaker.

Please see the flyer for more information.

We put on a delicious brunch, with loads of raffles and a live auction.  The Teamsters are a huge component to this event and we show up in droves.

Our Local – Teamsters Local 879 has purchased a Bronze Sponsorship table which includes 4 tickets for the Brunch with proceeds going towards selected Charities.

If anyone is interested in attending, please let me know.

You may contact me via email at lmphenix@kent.net contact the office.

In Solidarity,

Lenna Phenix
President
Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus

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16.01.29

January 2016 Ratifications

  • Town of Leamington
  • Steed & Evans

16.01.26

Nominations for the 2016 IBT Convention in June

Sisters and Brothers,

I would like to take this opportunity to update everyone of the results of the Local 879 nominations for delegates and alternates to the 2016 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention in June.

Our Local Union is entitled to 7 delegates and 2 alternates and at a special called meeting held today in the Locals Stoney Creek Office the following were elected to the positions of delegates and alternates to the 2016 IBT Convention:

Delegates:

John McCann – President, Local 879

Jim Chalmers – Secretary-Treasurer. Local 879

Ernie Bishop – Vice President, Local 879

Marty Taylor – Recording Secretary, Local 879

Darren Hogan – Trustee, Local 879

Lenna Phenix – Trustee, Local 879

Kevin Quinlan – Trustee, Local 879

Alternates:

Barb Adam – Business Representative, Local 879

Dan DiGiovanni – Business Representative, Local 879

On behalf of all the officers and staff who have been elected as your representatives to the 2016 IBT Convention I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Sisters and Brothers for your support and we look forward to representing you and this great Local at the upcoming convention.

I will attempt to keep everyone as updated as possible of the goings on during the convention and the election process that will follow and should any of you have any questions whatsoever about the process please feel free to contact me at the Locals main office at 1-800-528-8879 or by email at jmccann@teamsters879.ca.

Fraternally,

John McCann

President

Teamsters Local Union No 879

16.01.25

JRHMSF Scholarship

Regarding the 2016 JRHMSF scholarship fund, please have a look at our scholarships 2016 page for more information.

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16.01.22

Potato Chip Boss Slams Union

The claim to fame for the Canadian town of Hartland in New Brunswick, population 947, has long been its bridge – the Hartland Bridge, longest covered bridge in the world. But it’s not the bridge that is putting Hartland in the news lately. This week people are turning their attention to this small town because of its potato chips.Or to be more precise, because of its potato chip workers.

On Tuesday morning, half of the employees at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company walked off the job and hit the picket lines. The workers, who are members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1288P, have had their union certified for more than two years but have yet to conclude a first contract with their employer.

Speaking to the People’s World live via telephone from the the picket line in freezing sub-zero temperatures, UFCW representative Carl Flanagan said that seniority is one of the main issues at stake. He said that company president, Ryan Albright refuses to accept a seniority clause in the contract. “If a new person starts tomorrow, he wants to be able to call that person into work rather than someone whose been there five years. It’s favoritism. He wants to do that so everyone will kiss his butt.”

Wages are the other primary sticking point. The majority of the workers in the plant are making minimum wage even after years on the job. One striking worker, Betty Demerchant, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), “The wage issue would be minimum wage. I’ve got a 10-cent raise in almost five years.” Demerchant’s main job at the plant is cutting potatoes, but she is trained in almost every other job as well.

Demerchant was being paid the New Brunswick minimum wage of $10 an hour when she got her 10-cent raise. When the province raised the minimum wage to $10.30, the company only paid her the new minimum. So she actually ended up losing her dime bonus.

The workers are taking strike action after repeated rounds of negotiation with the company have failed to produce an agreement. Although they have been in a legal strike position since June, the workers and their bargaining representatives continued trying to hammer out a deal through the summer and fall. But the company hasn’t budged and still refuses to recognize the union.

According to the official record from the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board, at a June 23, 2015 bargaining session, Albright said he would never allow his company to operate “in a union environment.” He concluded his statement by telling the UFCW representative, “Screw you and your f**king union.”

In August, the Labour Board told the company to get back to the table and ruled it had violated at least five sections of the Industrial Relations Act. An order was issued to the company to stop intimidating its workers with threats of dismissal and instructions to quit the union.

Patrick Colford, the president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour, told People’s World, “We are totally appalled at the disrespect that Mr. Albright has towards his staff and the labour code here in New Brunswick.” Commenting on the company’s intimidation campaign, he said,”I cannot imagine what working conditions inside the plant were like before the union was certified.”

When bargaining finally resumed in September, what did the employer bring? No seniority offer at all, and the wage rate was actually lower than it had been in the first offer. In December, the employer said this was the final offer that would be made.

This left the workers with no alternative. A strike and boycott commenced Tuesday morning.

The company is now bringing in scab labor to continue chip production. The president of Covered Bridge calls the strike “just a small bump in the road.” According to the UFCW, Albright has pledged that strikers will not be allowed back to work, and he is bringing in new hires on condition that they not join the union.

Supporters of the striking workers are being asked not to buy Covered Bridge chips until the company returns to negotiations. In addition to the picket line at the plant, the UFCW is organizing secondary leafleting at supermarkets where Covered Bridge products are sold across Canada: Atlantic Superstore, Sobey’s, Costco, Dollarama, and the Great Canadian Dollar Store. In the U.S., Covered Bridge products are also sold under the Aldi, Farmboy, and Metro brands.

In addition to joining in the boycott, the workers at Covered Bridge are asking supporters to send letters to the company’s directors and the New Brunswick government using the form on the UFCW Action Center website.

“Stop buying Covered Bridge chips until we can get back to work,” Flanagan said.”Albright thinks this strike will end on a dead end street in Hartland, but we’re going to keep on going. We’re not out to kill the company; we just want him back at the bargaining table.”

16.01.14

Welcome to all the new members that joined in 2015

  • Hyundai of Oakville
  • A-1 Driver Training Inc., o/a Young Drivers of Canada
  • Attridge Coach Bus Lines
  • Express Driver Services
  • Zig Zag Enterprises
  • IBEW Kitchener Clerical

16.01.04

December Ratifications

  • Cardinal Courier London

16.01.04

Bill-C377

An update on Bill-C377 attached.

BillC377-Council-Ltr-2015-12-21

16.01.03