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Holiday Message from the President
Sister and Brothers,
The holiday season is a time for family, a time for friends, a time for reflection and a time to give thanks. I trust that 2018 brought you all prosperity and happiness and I hope that 2019 is even better.
On behalf of the executive board and staff of Teamsters Local Union 879 I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing as many of you as I can in 2019.
Teamsters Local Union No 879
December’s Raffle Winner
Excellent General Membership meeting this past Sunday at the Stoney Creek hall. Ready Mix driver Terry Solomon wins the jacket. Pictured below is President John McCann congratulating Terry on having the winning ticket. Local 879 gives away a Teamsters jacket at every membership meeting.
Congratulations to Terry
2018 Local 879 Food Drive
Christmas came early to the Kincardine Ministerial Food Bank.
Representatives from Teamsters Local Union No. 879 visited the food bank at the Anglican Church of the Messiah on Thursday and delivered a cheque for $10,000.
While food bank volunteers were aware the Teamsters would be making a donation that day, they did not know the amount, and were blown away when the cheque was handed over.
“We are overwhelmed,” said co-coordinator Nancy Dawson. “It will really help. It’s such as surprise.”
Teamsters Local 879, which represents members in transportation, production, hospitality and service industries from the Niagara region all the way to Tobermory, runs an annual fundraising campaign to benefit charitable organizations in communities it represents. The local had historically held toy drives, where union members filled shopping carts at Zellers and donated the toys, but after the department store chain was taken over by Target the union changed its focus to food drives. Donations are collected throughout the year from its service providers. The union has members at Bruce Power and construction firms in Bruce County.
In the past five years, the Teamsters have given to food banks in London, Sarnia, Niagara, Stoney Creek and now Kincardine. Teamster Marty Taylor contacts food banks in communities where Local 879 has representation to assess their needs. This year, Kincardine stood out.
“I hope that this gets you a good chunk of product for the year,” Local 879 President John McCann told Dawson and food bank co-coordinator Pat Stewart after delivering the cheque. “We hope the money will be of good use. We know it’s going to a good cause.”
Also in attendance with President McCann were, brothers Mitchell, Taylor and Ross
December General Membership Notice
First Agreement Ratified
Teamster Local Union 879 is proud to welcome the YRC Reimer Border Ambassadors in Niagara on the Lake to the Teamster family.
They are responsible for the bulk of custom clearances for YRC Reimer freight coming into Canada at one of the busiest truck ports in North America
Secretary Treasurer Danny Mitchell would like to thank new steward Lori Clack for all of her assistance in putting this first agreement together.
The new members will enjoy wage increases as well as improved benefits and pension over the five years of the agreement.
Welcome Sisters and Brothers
Truck Hero of the Year
The attached article is from a recent truck news online magazine that showcases the recent honouring of Brother Frank Vieira, a Teamster Local 879 driver out of Connell Transport in Hamilton.
Robert Q Airbus London
The members at Robert Q Airbus in London Ontario have ratified a new 3 year agreement. The new agreement brings increases in wages, benefits, shorter blackout periods, and clothing allowances to name a few. Also, new hires will meet with a union steward at the conclusion of the HR process.
Business Representative Rick Parent would like to thank his committee of Menno Meijer, Randy Schneider and Josh Sims on a job well done.
Winners of the London and Windsor General Membership meetings raffle for October (London) and November (Windsor) were Lauren Rushton (UPS London) and Arlis Fuentes (LaFarge Windsor). They both win a members jacket. Congratulations. It pays to show up to a meeting.
- Purity Zinc
- AGF Rebar
- Purolator clerical Stratford
- Robert Q Airbus
Attridge Coach Bus
Employees at Victoria Street Manor vote in Teamsters Local Union #879
Attridge Coach Drivers Ratify New Agreement
The members at Attridge Coach lines ratified a new 3 year Collective Agreement on October 13th 2018.
Highlights of the new agreement brings increases to wages, vacation, statutory Holidays, as well as a newly negotiated benefit package. We also obtained a reduction to the sunset clause and probationary period for new hires. Scheduling, Health and Safety initiatives and elog/gps equipment on all buses were also important additions to the Collective Agreement.
Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club
The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club is offering a Union Night special ticket offer for the members of our union for the game on Friday, October 26th at 7pm vs. Oshawa.
Members are more than welcome to invite family and friends to be a part of this evening. It is $4 Beer Night from 6pm-7pm!
The link below is provided to purchase your tickets directly. If you would like to arrange specific seating, feel free to contact Julian directly (10 tickets minimum).
|Julian Petelycky | Account Executive
T 905.546.8178 | F 905.777.2363
Charron Transport Clerical
Teamsters Local Union #879 join Delta Wire in the Harrow Fair parade
2018 Labour Day Parade, Hamilton
Hamilton Labour Day Parade Information
Teamsters Canada Solid Waste and Recycling Division Announcement
Danny Mitchell, coordinator for Teamsters Canada Solid Waste and Recycling Division is proud to announce the new Solid Waste and Recycling Division- Teamsters Canada Facebook page.
With the current movement to go green this is a growing industry and the Teamsters look forward to being at the forefront of representing the growing workforce.
Please take a moment to check out the new Facebook page for news and stories from waste and recycling industry.
Workers Comp is a Right
To all workers of Ontario,
This coming Monday, we all gather together and march in the Labour Day parade, in solidarity with our fellow workers and allies. As injured workers, we continue to march for fairness; for a just compensation system – a system that will protect all of us if we get injured at work, without fail.
We are asking all injured workers who are able to participate in their local Labour Day events – just as we ask for all workers’ support in the struggle for just compensation – because we know that injured workers’ right are workers’ rights.
Let us use September 3rd to celebrate the strength we have together.
If you are in Toronto, you can join ONWIG in the parade by meeting us at 9:00am, in front of Staples at 375 University Ave, where we will join our friends in the Steelworkers in the parade.
This year, the Toronto Labour Day Parade may not be ending at the Exhibition as it has in the past, because IATSE Local 58 is still locked out by their employer. Injured workers stand in solidarity with IATSE Local 58. To find out more information on the lockout and to send Mayor John Tory a message, please visit MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “injuredworkersonline.us16.list-manage.com” claiming to be 58LockedOut.com.
Pre Retirement Seminar
The seminar will be for the members in our TAPEOPP plan, which is the 879 Freight plan.
If you are interested please read the pdf attachment below
- Aslon Group
- CAA Travel & Services
CAA Travel & Services Ratify New Deal
CAA Travel (South Central Ontario) Inc. and CAA Services (South Central Ontario) Inc. ratified their contract on Sunday August 19th 2018 with increases to base pay, commissions and bonuses, vacation pay and time, bereavement, and OT for training and mandatory meetings outside their regular scheduled hours.
Also negotiated were a few enhanced protective language for bargaining unit work, a reduced sunset clause and reimbursement for job associated out of pocket expenses.
Another Successful 879 Golf Tournament
Thanks to all that made it out to this years 879 Golf Tournament. Excellent job by Brother Mitchell, McLeod and Pilkey for a perfectly run tournament. The sponsors, course management, staff and everyone else that made this tournament a success.
Also have to mention the appreciation to the ladies of the TOWC for showing up and running our putt/putt and raffles.
Last but not least, hats off to President McCann for hosting and handling the MC work.
Hope everyone had a blast. See you next year.
Pipeline Construction Scholarship
Attached is the Pipeline Construction Scholarship offered to all Pipeline Construction Members
The Mesothelioma Center
Teamsters are the most diverse labour union in North America, so naturally many of the members have been exposed to asbestos, a material commonly used for insulation in buildings, ships, and equipment. This puts many workers at risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure that can take 20-50 years to develop. Those occupations that are at risk of developing mesothelioma include warehouse workers, construction workers and many more.
Our website features extensive information on asbestos and we work 1-on-1 with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups all at no cost.
Please take a look at some of the great information we have at https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/canada/
There is also a hyper link that connects directly to their website under the page, Helpful Links.
Purolator Clerical join Teamsters
The Federal Labour Relations Board has issued a Certificate for the clerical staff at Purolator Stratford to Teamsters Local Union #879.
Looking for a driving job?
Are you looking for a driving job, pulling B trains? We will train on a 8 ton boom. Work is Monday to Friday. 44 to 60 hrs per week at $23.00 / hour plus benefits and pension. Home every night. If this is what you are looking for, call Marty at our London office 1 888-659-7758
Aslon Management Inc Employees Ratify New 4-Year Deal
Teamster 879 members that work for Aslon Management Inc in London, ratified a new 4-year deal that brought new and improved language changes, a safety boot allowance, wage increases and a substantial signing bonus.
UPS Kitchener Clerical Join Local 879
In June, Teamsters Local Union #879 filed an Application for Certification with the Canada Labour Relations Board for the clerical employees of UPS Kitchener.
The Board completed their application investigation in July and have now awarded the clerical staff of UPS Kitchener certified union and new members of Teamsters Local 879.
Labour Day Parade Notice
Teamsters Canada Scholarship
- Coventry Connections
- Tillsonburg Ready Mix
- Pt. Burwell Voluntary Firefighters
- Lafarge Cambridge
- Morral Transport
Coventry Connection Drivers Ratify First Agreement
Limo and bus drivers at Coventry Connections voted today to except their first Collective Agreement by 92%. A 4-year deal bringing first time benefits, a 28% increase in wages and strong language to bring long awaited changes to their working conditions.
Thanks to steward Glenn Edgley for a job well done. You make the membership proud. They knew you would pull through for them and the vote count showed that. They are in good hands.
Purolator Tackle the Hunger
I would like to let everyone know what an awesome job our Purolator Clerical People did for the Tackle the Hunger food drive. Every year these fine ladies do a BBQ to raise money for this fundraiser. Between this BBQ and the bake sale that they do, they may have topped the $1000.00 mark in donations.
- Jay Gayne
- Jeanine Gravel
- Shelly St Julien
Teamsters Denounce Trump
Teamsters Denounce Trump, Fully Support Government of Canada (final) v2 18.06.14 United Way Job Posting LPS job posting 18.06.14 Certified Union The YRC Reimer Border Ambassadors join Teamsters Local Union #879. Welcome aboard 18.06.14 May Ratifications Tandet Logistics Charron Transport 18.06.04 Friday afternoon BBQ with the gang at County of Essex 18.06.04 American unions ready to challenge cement multinationals
Stoney Creek Stewards Seminar
Another successful Stewards Workshop! Congratulations to our newly trained Teamsters Local 879 Stewards in Stoney Creek.
Injured Workers Rally
General Membership Meeting Notice-May
- CBM Milton
Teamsters Presents: Spring Fling
MOPAR Fun Day 2018
Teamster Park N Fly Deal
Park N Fly Deal
Teamsters Local Union #879 Golf Tournament
Information regarding this years golf tournament is below,
2018 Golf Tournament
General Membership Meeting Notice-April
Canadian named 35th Highway Hero
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — What does one say after saving one life and preventing severe injury to another? “I’m just happy I was in the right place at the right time,” said Frank Vieira of Ancaster, Ont., who drives for Connell Transport.
Vieira was chosen from three finalists for the 35th Goodyear Highway Hero Award, accepting it during a special event held Louisville, Ky.
Vieira was driving over a bridge on a rural highway near Toronto when he heard a loud crash, looked over his shoulder and noticed that a car on the other side of the road had slammed into the back of a stationary roll-off truck. The force of the impact threw the driver forcefully against the steering wheel. The steering wheel broke, with a piece of it embedding itself in the driver’s neck.
After parking his truck, he got out to see if he could do anything to help and found the driver bleeding profusely from the neck. He applied pressure to the wound to staunch the bleeding and proceeded to call 9-1-1 with his free hand, and then things got a bit more complicated.
The driver of the roll-off truck had come back to see what was happening. Seeing the badly wounded driver of the SUV he promptly fainted, dropping to the pavement and partially onto the open lane beside the crash. One of his legs was exposed to the oncoming traffic.
“I hooked my right leg over his leg and pulled it closer to me and clear of the lane of traffic while I was holding the other driver’s neck and talking on the phone with the fire department,” Vieira says.
Emergency personnel arrived and transported both men to the hospital. They survived.
“Since 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has honored truck drivers who have rescued children from drowning, pulled injured people from burning vehicles, saved law enforcement officials from attackers and
more,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. “Every truck driver we’ve met through the Goodyear Highway Hero Award program has been just that: a hero. And today, we are proud to add Frank Vieira to that list.”
As the Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Vieira receives a special Highway Hero ring, a cash prize and other items. Vieira and two other truck drivers were selected as finalists for the 35th Goodyear Highway Hero Award. They are:
Brian Bucenell, a driver from Richmond, Va. Bucenell had just merged onto the Ohio Turnpike near Toledo when he switched on his CB and overhead other truck drivers discussing a high-speed chase that was taking place not far from his location. Moments later, while glancing at his mirror, Bucenell spotted a group of state trooper pursuit vehicles
chasing a car, which was rapidly heading his way. Bucenell’s truck suddenly entered a construction zone and was forced to merge from three lanes to two lanes. The speeding car tried to pass his 18-wheeler on the shoulder. Over the course of the next minute, while maintaining highway speed, Bucenell kept pace with the car, spotted an opening and maneuvered his truck to sandwich the car against the guard rail, stopping the vehicle and giving state troopers time to catch up with it. Troopers arrested the car’s driver and passengers, who were later charged with motor vehicle theft. They had chased the suspects, whose stolen car had attained speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, for more than 20 minutes.
Ryan Moody, a driver from Tacoma, Wash. Moody was driving down a busy Chicago freeway when a motorcyclist swerved and crashed in front of his truck. With no time to spare, Moody skillfully maneuvered his truck to avoid hitting the unconscious motorcyclist, who was bleeding from a head injury, and then positioned his 18-wheeler to protect him from other vehicles. After jumping out of his truck, Moody wrapped his own shirt around the badly injured motorcyclist’s head to prevent further blood loss, while simultaneously calming surrounding bystanders, who had gathered nearby. Moody stayed with the motorcyclist until paramedics arrived. They later credited him with saving the man’s life.
The Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner was selected by an independent panel consisting of members of the trucking trade press.
“We are proud of not only Frank, but of Brian and Ryan, as well,” said Medalis. “Each is a hero in his own right and a credit to his profession.”
Appointment of Brother Mitchell
Good day everyone,
I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the appointment of Brother Danny Mitchell to the position of Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator for Teamsters Canada.
The solid waste industry has been growing quickly over the last few years and has become a large part of our organization and the talk of a separate solid waste division, with its own coordinator, has always been a topic of discussion. It is truly an honour for Teamsters Local 879 to be the home local of this divisions first Coordinator.
I am confident that Brother Mitchell will excel in his new position and bring this division to the forefront of our organization and make all of us here at Local 879 very proud.
I would also like to thank President Laporte and Vice President McInnes for seeing the qualities in Brother Mitchell. I know you made the right choice.
Please join me in congratulating Brother Mitchell on his new appointment.
John F. McCann
Teamsters Union Local No 879
Workers at DHL Approve New National Contract
- OPTA Hamilton
- Bluewater Recycling
- Trimac Transportation
TRAINING / VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
APPLICATIONS ONLINE ONLY – http://www.jrhmsf.org/
Part-Time Airbus Driver – Robert Q Airbus
Looking for employment in the London area? Click on the link below to a possible great opportunity with Robert Q Airbus in London, ON.
Members Jacket Winner-January
This months raffle winner was Kevin Nelson out of Banister.
Pictured below is Kevin with President McCann.
- Purolator Courier clerical
Purolator Clerical Ratifies
Clerical members of Local 879 at Purolator Courier, ratified a new 5 year deal by 70%. The new collective agreement brings increases to their wages, benefits and stronger language changes.
Supporting Workers at Tim Hortons
Join a Tim Hortons action near you tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10. Read below for more details!
When Ontario’s minimum wage increased to $14, Tim Hortons immediately began to eliminate workers’ paid breaks, reduce access to basic drug and dental benefits, eliminate uniform and drink allowances, and even cut employees’ hours of work.
This is outrageous coming from a wildly profitable multinational corporation.
- In 2016, Tim Hortons generated US$3 billion in revenue for its parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI).
- That same year RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz pocketed $6,173,993 in wages, stock options and other perks.
- An additional US$350 million in profits were given out to shareholders.
TELL TIM HORTONS: Hands off workers’ wages & benefits!
- The Tim Hortons corporation dictates virtually every detail of the franchise-owners’ business practice.
- It even stipulates the required net worth (at least $1.5 million) of any potential franchise owner.
- As the supplier of Tim Hortons products, the corporation sets the price of everything from sugar to its pre-cooked donuts. It’s clear the parent corporation has the power to fully restore workers’ wages, benefits and working conditions.
Tweet @TimHortons #TimHortons #15andFairness
- The Ontario’s new labour laws were intended to improve the wages and working conditions of employees – especially those at the lowest rungs of the income ladder.
- Demand that Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) take whatever steps necessary to ensure that its company and Tim Hortons franchise owners respect the spirit of the new laws.
Join an action near you tomorrow!
On Wednesday January 10, there will be actions at several Tim Hortons locations across Ontario to call on the Restaurant Brands International – the owner of the Tim Hortons chain – to issue a directive to every franchise owner to rescind any and all punitive measures against workers.
- Markham & Lawrence (3488 Lawrence Ave E) 8:00 am
- Keele & Wilson (2708 Keele St) 8:00 am
- Spadina & College (455 Spadina Ave) 8:00 am
- Bloor & Dufferin (1094 Bloor St West) 8: 00 am
- Eglinton & Bermondsey (1733 Eglinton Ave E) 9:00 am
- UofT: Bloor & St. George (264 Bloor St W) 2:00 pm
- YorkU: Keele & Steeles (4700 Keele St) 3:00 pm
- Yonge & College (444 Yonge) 4:30 pm
Dundas (near Hamilton)
- Cootes & York Rd (38 York Rd) 5:00 pm
- Dundas & Elgin St (970 Division St) 5:00 pm
- Dundas & Richmond (172-174 Dundas St) 3:00 pm
- Windsor St & Wellington (80 Park St E) 10:00 am
- Victoria & York (212 Victoria Rd South) 5:00 pm
RSVP to a Tim Hortons location action near you at the link here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fightfor15andFairness/events
The company that has the power to stop the franchises from further cuts is the owner of the chain, Restaurant Brands International. We are putting pressure on the owners by going to these locations.
Not all of the franchise locations may have cut workers’ benefits in reaction to the minimum wage hike, however, we are still asking you to come out to the franchises listed above.
SAVE THE DATE:
These actions will be followed by an action at the Restaurant Brands International headquarters in Oakville on Monday, January 15 at 3:00 pm.
Minimum Wage Increase
With all the confusion and problems that business owners say the hike in the minimum wage has caused, I think it’s time for the non union to organize.
Need information as to how to go about organizing your workplace, call
Membership Development Coordinator
or click on the organizing page for more details.