Business Agents 2017-07-13T19:34:14+00:00

Barb Adam

Barb Adam

My name is Barb Adam, I’ve been a Teamster for 30 years.  I worked for Purolator Courier for 22 years before coming on full time as a Business Agent representing UPS & Purolator.

In 1996 I became the chief steward out of Purolator Guelph, and since that day I’ve never looked back.  In 1997  I was appointed to the International Women’s Caucus, a position I proudly still hold today.

In 1999 I was appointed to the Executive Board of Local 879 as a Trustee.  I held that position as trustee with great pride & enthusiasm as I was the first female to sit on the board and I wanted to make sure our voices & our differences were heard.  One of my greatest accomplishments was being part of the birth of the TOWC, Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus, which I still sit on the board as a Director.

In 2002, I became a full-time staff employee as the first female Business Agent for Local 879.   I simply love my job, the challenges, the education, its endless, but the greatest thing this job has done for me, it has made me look at things so differently, instead of wondering how things will effect me, I now look at how this will effective our members & our communities.

I’m extremely proud to be a Teamster, because with everything in me I believe we need the union if we want to keep our middle class and make this a better world for our children and grandchildren.

Companies

  • Purolator Courier
  • UPS

(all areas except Windsor, Chatham and London)

Dave McLeod

Dave McLeod

My name is Dave McLeod. I am a business representative with Teamsters Local Union # 879, working out of the Locals London Office.

I started my career over 30 years ago as a package car driver with Purolator Courier in the City of London. My career with the Teamsters Union started with Local 141 when Purolator Courier was organized in 1990. I worked my way through the ranks, first as the chief steward from 1990 to 2008, then as a rank and file trustee on the executive board of Local 141.

After the merge with Local 879 I was hired on as a full time business representative and currently look after the local’s interests in the Freight and Tank haul divisions as well as package and parcel and warehousing groups.

I am also very active in organizing the Locals Labour day activities in Grand Bend along with our annual golf tournament. I take great pride in being part of what I feel is the best Local Union within the Teamsters Organization and I look forward to serving the members and this great Local for many years to come.

Companies

  • Aslon
  • BFI – London
  • Bluewater Recycling
  • Cardinal Courier
  • GFL London
  • Hutton Transport
  • International Logistics
  • John Grant Haulage
  • Prologix
  • Purolator – London
  • UPS – London
  • S.E.I.U. Local #1 & #2 Canada
  • Summit Foods
  • United Plastic Components

Doug Pilkey

Doug Pilkey

Hi everyone! I come from a family of truck drivers, including my father, a couple of uncles and a bunch of cousins both male and female. I like to kid them, in that I’m the only one that had sense enough to join the Teamsters Union!

I became a member of Local 141 in 1994. I was driving truck for Verspeeten Cartage at the time it was organized and soon decided that this was an organization that could make a difference. Within the first few months I was elected as a Steward and subsequently was appointed to the Executive Board as a Trustee in 1996.

In the fall of 1997 I changed jobs and went to work for Reimer Express in Woodstock Ontario. Although still a member and a trustee of Local 141, I was no longer the Steward.

April 2000 saw my appointment as an Organizer/Business Representative with the Local. I held that position until December 2003 when Locals 141 and 879 merged. I was also the Recording Secretary for 141 at the time.

2004 through 2007 was spent back at Reimer Express where my peers once again elected me as the Steward.

In the fall of 2007 the call to serve came from the Executive of Local 879 and I was hired as the replacement for Brother Ray Rock. My duties as a Business Representative commenced January 1st 2008 and I continue in that capacity today.

It has been my pleasure to have known and worked with some of the most dedicated and dynamic people in two of the best Local Unions in our organization.

Companies

  • Active Transport
  • CertainTeed (was Tillsonburg Fibres)
  • Connell Transport
  • Cooney Transport
  • Crown Trucking
  • Kingsway
  • Overland
  • Overland Office
  • Point Edward Casino
  • Tandet Dedicated
  • Tri County Driver Training
  • YRC – all yards (excluding St. Catharines)
  • Verspeeten
  • Wolverine
  • Port Burwell Volunteer Firefighters
  • Rapid Delivery London
  • Moe’s Transport

Rick Parent

My name is Rick Parent. I am a business representative with Teamsters Local Union # 879, working out of the Locals Windsor office.

My career with the Teamsters started over 25 years ago in the manufacturing industry in Windsor Ontario with Local 880, where I was very active with the Union and participated in all facets of the Local from shop steward to organizing drives. In 1995 I was appointed to the executive board of Local 880 as a Rank and File Trustee. Shortly after that I was hired on as a full time organizer with Local 880 then as a full time business representative.

At the time of the merger of Local 880 into Local 879 I was the Vice President and instrumental in assuring the merger was completed and am proud to be part of the new, larger Teamsters Local 879 family. I currently look after the local’s interests in the manufacturing, construction, ready mix, freight and tank haul groups for Local 879 in the Windsor, Sarnia and Chatham areas.

I am also active in organizing the Locals Windsor area Christmas Toy Drive as well as the Labour Day Grand Bend event. I feel proud that the merger of our 2 great locals was successful in creating what I believe is the strongest local union within the great Teamsters organization, and look forward to servicing the members in Southwestern Ontario for many years to come.

Companies

  • Blue Sky Machining
  • Canada Building Materials (Sarnia)
  • Canada Building Materials (Windsor)
  • Canadian Electrocoating Ltd.
  • Canadian Transit Company
  • Coco Paving Ltd.
  • Corporation of Leamington
  • Danruss Construction
  • Don Hearn & Sons
  • Essex Terminal Railway
  • Fox Ready-Mix
  • Lafarge Aggregates (Windsor)
  • Lafarge Construction Materials (Chatham)
  • Lafarge Construction Materials (Windsor)
  • Overland Express
  • Overland Express (Office)
  • Petroleum Distribution Resources
  • Prince Metal Products Limited
  • Rene Blain Trucking
  • Robert Q Airbus
  • Sarnia Concrete
  • SLR Trucking
  • Sterling Grandview
  • Tandet Logistics
  • Tom Gray Building Centres
  • Verspeeten Cartage
  • Wolverine Freight Systems
  • YRC Reimer

Dan DiGiovanni

Dan Digiovanni

Hi all, my name is Dan (Danno) Digiovanni. I worked at Purolator Courier for 24 years and have been a Teamster for 20 years. I served as a Trustee and Organizer with Local 880 and have been a Business Agent for the last 5 years.

I am looking forward to meeting all the great people of Local 879.

Companies

  • Brandon Contractors
  • BFI Canada Inc. (Windsor)
  • BFI Canada Inc. (Chatham)
  • Charron Transport Ltd.
  • Charron Transport Ltd. – Clerical
  • Corporation of Essex County
  • Delta Wire
  • Dynamex Express
  • Elmara Construction
  • Group 4 Securicor
  • Hallcon Crew Transport
  • Handi Transit
  • K Scrap Resources
  • N Tepperman (Windsor)
  • N Tepperman (Chatham)
  • N Tepperman (Sarnia)
  • Norspec Filtration System
  • Nu Vision Delivery
  • Omni Facility Services Canada
  • Purolator Courier (Windsor)
  • Purolator Courier (Chatham)
  • Purolator Courier (Sarnia)
  • Purolator Courier (Clerical)
  • Rexel Canada Electrical
  • RJR Transportation
  • Roadway Express (Sarnia)
  • Steeplejack Services
  • Tri-Dim Filter Corporation
  • TST Olex Expedited
  • United Parcel Service (Windsor)
  • United Parcel Service (Chatham)
  • Windsor/Essex Humane Society
  • Wolseley Canada Inc.

Lenna Phenix

Lenna Phenix 

Hi Everyone

My path within the Teamsters Union began in 1988 in the Trucking Industry working as a Payroll Clerk for Charron Transport Limited in Chatham ON. Since that time I have expanded into other areas including Health and Safety Training, as well as the co-chair employee representative on the Health and Safety Committee.

Although the drivers and mechanics had been long time Teamster members it wasn’t until April of 1995 that the office staff, realizing the benefits of the Teamsters Union, officially signed on with Local 880 out of Windsor. I was elected Steward at that time and have remained in that role ever since.

In 2005 I was approached by then President Frank Biekx of Local 880, to see if I would be interested in filling a seat on the Teamsters Canada Ontario Women’s Caucus.  I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in a new capacity.  I have since been elected as President of the restructured Teamsters Ontario Women’s Caucus (TOWC) in 2009 to which I proudly and passionately serve.

In 2010 Local 880 merged with Local 879 and 2011 brought about the opportunity to serve as a Trustee on Teamsters Local 879 Executive Board to which I feel privileged.

This year (2016), I was brought on as a full time business Agent. I look forward to meeting and serving the membership in a new capacity.

Lenna

Companies

  • Attridge Coach Bus Lines
  • Brunner Manufacturing
  • Buffalo & Fort Erie Peace Bridge Authority
  • CAA South Central
  • Canadian Ferro
  • Garda London & Owen Sound
  • H&S Heat Treating
  • Hilton Fallsview
  • Hyundai of Oakville
  • Kaumeyer Paper
  • Nartech Metal Products
  • Niagara Falls & Queenston Bridge Commission
  • Oakgroup
  • Purity Zinc Metals
  • Quality Inn
  • Russel Metals
  • Taylor Chrysler Dodge