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Labour Laws change in Ontario

TORONTO  – Ontario’s Liberal government passed a host of changes to labour laws Wednesday. Here are some highlights of the legislation, including the centrepiece minimum wage increase:

— Minimum wage rises from $11.60 an hour to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018 then to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019.

— Casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees will be given the same pay as full-time employees for doing equal work. There are exemptions based on seniority and merit.

— Lower minimum wage rates for liquor servers, students under 18, hunting and fishing guides will also rise along with the general minimum wage.

— Once an employee works for a company for five years, they will be entitled to three weeks of paid vacation.

— Personal emergency leave no longer only applies to workers at companies with 50 or more employees. All workers will get 10 days per year, two of them paid.

— Victims of domestic or sexual violence, or parents of children who have experienced or are threatened with it, will get five days of paid leave and 17 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave.

— Employers will not be allowed to request a sick note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.

— Parents whose children die will get unpaid leave of up to 104 weeks. It was previously only offered to parents when a child’s death was related to a crime.

— Employers must pay three hours of wages if they cancel a shift with fewer than 48 hours notice, with weather-dependent work exempted.

— Employees can refuse shifts without repercussion if the employer gives them less than four days notice.

— Employees on call must be paid three hours at their regular pay rate.

— Companies that misclassify workers as “independent contractors” instead of employees in order to skirt labour law obligations would be subject to fines.

— The maximum fine for employers who violate employment standards laws will be increased from $250, $500 and $1,000 for various violations to $350, $700 and $1,500. The government will publish the names of those who are fined.

— Ease restrictions on union certification and allow unions to access employee lists and certain contact information if the union can demonstrate it has the support of 20 per cent of employees.

— Makes it easier for home care and community services workers, people in the building services sector, and those who work through temp agencies to unionize.

— The maximum fines under the Labour Relations Act will increase from $2,000 for individuals and $25,000 for organizations to $5,000 and $100,000.


Cardinal Courier Ratifies New Deal

Cardinal Courier London ratified a new 2 year agreement by 99 per cent which earned them $1.70 over 2 years.


London Stewards Seminar

Below is a picture from the 2 day Steward seminar that was held at the London Teamsters 879 Hall. Thanks to all our proud stewards that attended the energetic workshop.

Facilitated by Business Representatives Doug Pilkey, Dan DiGiovanni and Lenna Phenix.

Thank you Shop Stewards. YOUR dedication and hard work for our members is so very important.

Jennifer Willis (Gateway Casino), Brad Gillespie (Verspeeten Cartage), John Elliot (UPS), David Baker (BFI), Brian Smith (GFL), Daryn Pachlarz (Bluewater), Randall St. Croix (Aslon), Menno Myres (Robert Q Airbus), Randy Schneider (Robert Q Airbus), Kip Gilev (Robert Q Airbus), Heather Tanghe (Norspec), Todd Roadknight (Lafarge), Joanne Thomas (Bonduelle).


LDI Employees Win Challenges at the OLRB – Become Teamsters

After a long, hard battle at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the employees at LDI Milton (Logistics Distribution Incorporated) have won a decision that the employees that voted to become members of Teamsters Local Union #879 are now officially members of our great Union.

Founded in 1991, Logistic Distribution Inc is one of Canada’s leading 3PL providers. As “Canada’s Connection” they help clients develop and grow their national market share through just-in-time fulfillment, distribution, and logistics.

From the Executive Board and staff of Local 879, we would like to welcome all the employees of LDI to our family.


November Ratifications

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Final Decision Regarding 2016 Teamsters Election

(WASHINGTON) – Judge Kathleen Roberts, the Election Appeals Master, yesterday issued her final decision, denying the election appeals which sought a rerun of the Election of International Union Officers that was conducted in 2016. The decision brings closure to the process and reaffirms the re-election of General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall and the election of International Vice Presidents and International Trustees.

“Workers are under attack as never before,” Hoffa said. “It’s time to join together and move forward united. We must devote our full attention and resources to fighting those who would do our members harm.”

The election was initially certified by Election Supervisor Richard Mark on February 16, 2017.

“Our members are focused on winning strong contracts in 2018 at UPS and in the freight industry,” Hall added. “Our priorities remain focused on moving forward and building a stronger union.”

“This decision addresses appeals of two decisions by the Election Supervisor,” Judge Roberts wrote in her Oct. 31, 2017 decision. “The appeals are denied and the decisions of the Election Supervisor are affirmed.”



Truck Stop Video

Below is an important video for all to see. The future of the trucking industry.

Voici un bel hommage aux camionneurs!

Posted by Truck Stop Quebec on Monday, October 30, 2017