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Cooney, Teamsters sign five-year deal

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

BELLEVILLE, ON – Cooney Transport and Cooney Bulk Sales have signed a five year collective agreement with Teamsters Local 91 members. The agreement was secured over four votes on January 27 and 28, and “overwhelmingly” accepted by members, the union […]

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Teamsters back proposed regs for port drivers

October 28, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Teamsters are standing behind two bills introduced this week in the United States designed to make jobs safer and more equitable for drivers working in major U.S. Ports.
The bills, called the Clean Ports Act of 2017 and the Port Drivers’ Bill of Rights, are being introduced by representatives Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) after a USA Today report in June found clean air regulations banning older model vehicles for drivers working in ports were creating an environment of indentured servitude for drivers.
Drivers were being forced to sign what the bills call exploitive truck lease or rental agreements.

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Teamsters applaud NAFTA progress; talks extended

October 18, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Policy teams representing the Teamsters Union from the United States and Canada on hand during the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations this week are applauding the decision to fix the NAFTA cross-border trucking provision.
The priorities of the union representing 1.4 million workers in North America, included highway safety, dairy supply management, and worker rights. Also on the table during this round were key discussions regarding the auto sector and manufacturing, and trade disputes.
Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa said independent truckers and highway safety advocates will be pleased with the U.S. position on cross-border services.
“The [United States Trade Representative’s] approach is a creative solution to this long-standing controversy,” he said. “I am satisfied that the U.S. position will permit Congress and the Dept. of Transportation to safeguard the livelihoods of American truck drivers and the personal safety of American families on U.S. highways under NAFTA 2.0.”
Teamsters Canada President François Laporte said Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, and Canadian negotiators have a progressive, pro-worker approach to the talks.

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Teamsters congratulate new Quebec minister

October 12, 2017 by elizabeth

Quebec City, QC – Quebec Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Pontiac André Fortin is the new head of the department of transportation for the province, and the Teamsters are looking for a spot on his dance card.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appointed Fortin to the post in Wednesday’s cabinet shuffle, making him the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports (Minister of transportation, sustainable movement and electric transportation).

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Teamsters, OOIDA look to autonomous truck rules

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO — As U.S. legislation to govern autonomous passenger vehicles pushes forward, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and Teamsters Union are both weighing in with thoughts about the path toward rules for autonomous trucks.

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Teamsters back Canadian NAFTA labor proposal

October 4, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Teamsters Canada president Francois Laporte and Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa are calling for several trucking-related issues to be addressed in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement talks.

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Pearson Swissport strike continues

August 24, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The strike may be over for 700 Swissport ground crew members at Pearson International Airport, as early as tomorrow.

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Delays at Vista Terminal up to 3 hours

August 1, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON. – Drivers picking up or dropping off items at Vista Cargo Terminal are facing long delays due to a Swissport ground crew strike in its fourth day at Pearson International Airport.

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Teamsters threaten CN strike action

May 29, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – CN could “provoke” a strike at 4 am on Tuesday, May 30, after serving notice that it will unilaterally impose changes to the collective agreement that covers 3,000 conductors, trainmen and yardmen, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Supreme Court to rule on pivotal freight forwarding case

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Anxious Canadian freight forwarders will have to wait a little longer for the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision on whether cross-dock, intermodal carrier Consolidated Fastfrate can be federally unionized.

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B.C. legislation planning for safer trucking industry

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

VICTORIA — A four-point plan to improve the safety of commercial vehicles has been tabled in the B.C. government.

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All aboard: CN locomotive engineers file strike notice

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railways received a 72-hour strike notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) of its plan to strike the company just after midnight on Nov. 28.

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Farmers brace for CN strike

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINNIPEG — Canada’s agriculture sector is worried the country’s status as a reliable supplier of grains and oilseeds will be threatened if a labour dispute between Canadian National Railway and its locomotive engineers turns into a strike.

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CN makes another call to end strike through binding arbitration

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

MONTREAL — On the eve of a back-to-work legislation vote in Ottawa, Canadian National Railways has called again for the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to agree to binding arbitration.

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US labor enforcers scrutinize ‘independent’ workers, truckers

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to crack down on companies that blur the lines between employees as independent contractors, including owner-operators in the trucking industry.