June 2nd, 2017

Teamsters 362 Highlights June 2

Each week Teamsters Local 362 will update our members on what is happening within the local and what our business agents are doing outside of their daily responsibilities. Make sure you check in to see what is happening in the union.

CURRENT MEETINGS
Business Agent Jordan Madarash and Vice-President Wayne Garner had a labour management meeting with Garda PBS Edmonton and a step 2 grievance meeting with Brinks Edmonton.

Business Agent Lukas Eichel-Fominov and Jordan Madarash have a step 2 grievance meeting scheduled for this week at Garda pre-board.

Business Agent Shaun Quaghebeur had a resolution conference for Lafarge Edmonton this week.

Vice-President Wayne Garner attended bargaining with the Construction Labour Relation Association of Alberta, whom are acting on behalf of Premay Equipment, Mammoet Canada, NSG Crane and Heavy Haul and Sarens Canada.

Teamsters Local 362 had their monthly executive board meeting this week.

CURRENT BARGAINING
Business Agent Ryan Adams began bargaining with Mammoet Canada Western , Sarens ‎Transport, NCSG and Premay Equipment this week.

IMPORTANT NEWS
Voting began on the Memorandum of Agreement (freight) for Grimshaw Trucking LP. this week and proposals were taken for Grimshaw Trucking LP (clerical) with bargaining taking place on the 27, 28 and 29th of June.

This past week Vice-President Wayne Garner had a membership meeting with our motion picture division to discuss the new dispatch rules that will be mailed out for membership approval in the coming weeks.

Wayne Garner also attended  the Building Trades of Alberta reception with several MLAs and premier Rachel Notley.

Canadian Building Trades Council Conference

President Al Porter, Secretary – Treasurer & Principal Officer Rick Eichel and Business Agents Rick Prouty and Ken Krawchenko attended the Canadian Building Trades Council conference in Ottawa May 14-16 where this years theme was Standing Together.

A highlight of this years event was the unveiling of a trade workers monument behind the Chateux Laurier Hotel. This was something our Executive Director Bob Blakely and others have worked on for more than ten years and Rick Eichel said it was quite an honour to have workers memorialized so close to our parliament buildings. Trudeau walked down from parliament to helps unveil the monument and gave a speech.

The conferences first speaker was Pat and Madonna Stamp who gave a harsh and mesmerizing account of his workplace accident and recovery. Pat was welding on a ship anchored near St. John’s, when fumes ignited inside the tank where he was working. He escaped but the heat burned his body, damaged his lungs and disfigured his face. He is now an advocate for workplace safety and you can find out more about his story here http://www.cbc.ca/nl/features/aboutface/.

There was also a panel discussion with Hon. James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment.

Mary Walsh gave a lighthearted and funny performance and discussed how much unions are needed in the world, especially to work on and improve mental health in the workplace.

Our leadership also heard from Sean McGarvey, President of North Americans Building Trades. He spoke about working together and the impact our council has on our countries.

 Alberta Building Trades Executive Board 

Last week Secretary – Treasurer & Principal Officer Rick Eichel attended the Alberta Building Trades Executive Board meetings and is saddened to report that the Executive Director, Warren Fraeliegh is retiring and last day of work is July 7th. Our best wishes go to Warren and his family, as well as our thanks for the great job he has done throughout his career as a Boilermaker and officer of his union, as well as the council career.

There has also been many changes at this council with new business managers who have been newly elected for the United Association, ironworkers and electricians. There will also be several retirements this fall for some of the remaining unions.

The Fort McMurray Hope Fund through the BTA has $669,000 and we are looking at ways to help the region when all the other donations have been used up or depleted.

Chris Ohalloran, Director of Stakeholder Relations, stopped by to update us all on the labour code changes as well as some regulation changes that are much needed for the proper functioning and switch to target benefits reporting. We were pleased and welcomed these changes that bring us closer legislatively to how the rest of Canada operates within their labour codes. A very big thank you to this government that is looking after all Albertans.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The 12 Stop Ride For Recovery has announced a date for its ninth year, and Teamsters 362 is proud to take part in it. The fundraiser is a ‘scavenger hunt style’ motorcycle ride to increase awareness of addiction helps us raise funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Centre. This year it will take place on Aug. 26. Come and meet some of the staff and executive from Teamsters 362 who will be taking part in the ride.


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