Passing of Brother Joe Contardi
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brother Joe Contardi, past President of Teamsters Local Union #879.
Brother Contardi was President of this great Local from 1972 to 1994 and was considered by all as the Patriarch of this Local.
Joe will be sadly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him and the pleasure to work with him.
Visitation and funeral arrangements are listed below.
Reminder: Teamsters Canada Scholarship 2017
TEAMSTERS: AMERICA MUST STAND UP AGAINST NEW WAVE OF RACISM, ANTI-SEMITISM
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.
Lou Ann Binning
Niagara Regional Labour Council
Labour Day Parade Hamilton
Teamsters Canada Scholarship Notice
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 1…00 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
NY/NJ PMC Honor Given, Ebeling & Hunter | Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO
2017 Labour Day Parade
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
West Contra Costa School District Workers Join Teamsters
TRASH KINGPINS OF NYC” SITE EXPOSES PRIVATE WASTE INDUSTRY RECORD OF ABUSE
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.
- CBM (Thorold, Cambridge, Burlington and London)
- Dufferin (Niagara Falls)
- Lafarge (Chatham)
- Windsor Heavy
- TST Overland
TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 7 OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON SHOOTING AT UPS FACILITY
(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.
ILLINOIS SCHOOL BUS WORKERS RATIFY 3 TEAMSTER CONTRACTS
MORE THAN 400 ILLINOIS SCHOOL BUS WORKERS RATIFY 3 TEAMSTER CONTRACTS
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 :
Teamsters Local Union #879
CN Rail Update
Garda Ratifies New Agreement
2017 Hamilton Stewards Seminar
Pictures from the 2 day Steward seminar that was held last week at the Stoney Creek Teamsters 879 Hall. Thanks to all our proud stewards that attended the energetic workshop.
Facilitated by Business Representatives Doug Pilkey and Dan Digiovanni. Also on hand was President John McCann, Secretary Treasurer Danny Mitchell, Vice President Ernie Bishop and Business Representative Lenna Phenix.
Day 2 of the “Heart of the Union” Stewards workshop. Success!!! Thank you Shop Stewards. YOUR dedication and hard work for our members is so very important.
General Construction Strike
- Dufferin – Georgetown, Cambridge, Stratford and Kitchener
- Windsor Essex County Humane Society
- Hargest Block
- Clarkson/BOT Construction
Teamsters in Action to Help Flood Victims
Labour educational offered in Niagara Region
· WHSC Level 1 Occupational Health & Safety Awareness
· WHSC Level 2 Federal Law
· Prevention Link (formerly ODRT) WSIB Rights and Obligations—Level 1
· Prevention Link (formerly ODRT) WSIB Benefits and Representation—Level 2
· Prevention Link (formerly ODRT) Appeals and Dispute Resolution—Level 3.
|WHEN:||July 23-28, 2017|
|WHERE:||Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario|
|WHO:||Workers, worker representatives, community activists|
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 16
Want to learn more about the OFL’s Prevention Link program?
Call: 416-441-2731 or 1-800-668-9138
Call for Song or Poem
Canadian Building Trades Monument CBTU is pleased to announce that Marion Brown has been selected to perform her original song “Standing Together” at the unveiling of the Canadian Building Trades Monument in Ottawa, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Marion is a member of Teamsters Local Union 879 and she currently works with IBEW Local Union 804.
CBTU is extremely grateful and proud to have received so many wonderful and inspiring poems and songs from our talented workers and their families. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our affiliates for spreading the word!
To watch the unveiling ceremony live-streamed on Facebook (May 16, 4:00-5:00pm EST), click on: https://www.facebook.com/CanadasBuildingTrades/
General Membership Meeting for May
Port Council of Canada Update:
Purolator Agreement Ratified by Members
The unanimously recommended tentative agreement was ratified by 75% of the members who voted. We would like to thank all those who voted, attended their union meetings, spoke with their stewards, read the documentation, and asked questions.
The new 5-year agreement protects the defined-benefit pension plan, safeguards your retirement allowances…
Purolator Update 3
Message from Package and Parcel Director Gary Kitchen
Purolator Update 2
At 2:15am this morning we reached a fully recommended offer of settlement with Purolator Courier.
The strike has been averted and we will be bringing the vote to the members asap.
Teamsters Local Union No 879
The Ministry of Labour has called a meeting of both parties with a view of resolving the potential strike action set for 4:30pm on Wednesday.
Both sides will be meeting tomorrow in Toronto to address the issues with a view of reaching a deal.
On behalf of everyone here at Local 879, I would like to thank everyone for their patience and hope to see a resolution as soon as possible.
John F. McCann
Teamsters Union Local No 879
Purolator Final Offer
The Purolator final offer has been rejected by 56.1%. The 72 hour notice of strike action has been sent to the company.
The Business Agents will be in contact with the stewards to inform them of what the next steps are.
As soon as we have more info regarding the exact time and date we can strike we will notify the membership.
Teamsters Local Union #879
- Wise Solutions
- Tri-County Driver Training
Teamsters Human Rights Commission
Purolator Voting Information
James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund
Re: Applications due March 31
The applications for either the Academic Scholarship (for high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college/university), or the Vocational Scholarship (for those planning to attend a training or vocational program at a community college or other training institution) are due by March 31.
The on-line system for applying is now available and can be reached by going to: http://ibt.io/jrhmsfonline
If applicants prefer, they may download the applications to fill out and send in via this link: www.jrhmsf.org
2017 Local 879 Golf Tournament
2017 Windsor Stewards Seminar
Below are some pictures captured from our level one stewards training that was held at our Windsor office. It was a 2 day course put on by Business Representatives Lenna Phenix, Doug Pilkey and Dan DiGiovanni.
Our President, John McCann, stopped in as an observer and to greet the 18 stewards that ranged from new to over 20 year stewards. They came from various industries that we represent including,
- Coco Paving
- Canadian Electrocoating
- Prince Metal Products
- Gardaworld, Windsor Humane Society
- Devanshire Mall
- Overland clerical
All the stewards enjoyed the seminar and were really involved in the role playing and seemed to really learn a lot from the 2 days.
A special thanks goes out to Dan D for setting up the hall, for the event and taking care of all the food and supplies needed. Also thanks to brother Rick Parent for attending the seminar between meetings.
Charges Against Ken Hall Withdrawn
IBT Election Certification
Canadian Transit Company is Hiring
Canadian Transit Company (Ambassador Bridge) is hiring for maintenance/construction. If anybody is interested, please contact Rick Parent in the Windsor Office as follows:
Teamsters Local 879 (Windsor)
2525 Annie Street, Windsor, ON N8T 3K8
Phone: 519-944-9880 or 1-800-265-9539
New Director of Teamsters Package Division
Kellogg’s Job Killing Plan
New National Freight Director
- A-1 Driver Training o/a Young Drivers of Canada
- CBM Sarnia
- Forsyth Lube
Robert Q Airbus Joins Teamsters
A vote was conducted yesterday by the CIRB for the drivers and detailers of Robert Q Airbus in London, Ontario. After the ballot count was completed, it was finally official that the employees voted to have Teamsters Local Union #879 represent them in bargaining with the company.
I want to thank my amazing committee that came together and spoke to all the employees on change in their work place. Also to my organizers, Darren and Mike. You guys were great. Dodged the raindrops and stood out in the rain to spread the good word to vote yes. You guys were outstanding.
Lastly, to my partner in crime Fitos. Thanks for all your help. I would have struggled without you.
Welcome to all the Robert Q Airbus new members.
Membership Development Coordinator
Purolator Final Deal
Attached is our latest update on Purolator. It’s also been posted online:
Toronto Star Touch: Legal loopholes cost workers millions in lost wages: Report
Shooting in Quebec
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The link below will direct you to the Teamsters Canada statement on the shooting at the Québec City Islamic Cultural Centre:
Members Locked Out
Tandet Dedicated Joins Teamsters
A vote was conducted on February 1st by the CIRB for the employees of Tandet Dedicated. The drivers voted 100% to join the Teamsters.
A letter from MacKids
IBEW clerical London
Dufferin Job Fair