A race against time – Achieving a new Federal Anti-Scab Law

Legal Report

On November 9, 2023, fulfilling a commitment made to the New Democratic Party, the federal government introduced Bill C-58 into Parliament. The bill, if passed, would prohibit the use of replacement workers by an employer during a legal strike or lockout. The bill would prevent an employer from using the services of any of the … Read More

The Teamsters support Bill C-3


The Teamsters Union supports the Trudeau government’s plan to offer 10 days of paid sick leave to all workers in federally regulated sectors. By amending the Labour Code, Bill C-3 would extend paid sick leave to workers from both the public and private sectors. Teamsters Canada and its local unions represent tens of thousands of … Read More

Vaccination becomes mandatory in the Federal Sector in Canada

“Our representatives with the federal government will be attending meetings over the next few days to obtain all the details that concern our members.” François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada Laval, October 6, 2021 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that, in addition to federal public sector workers, airline, railway and marine employees will … Read More

Owner operator update

In the asphalt industry, owner operators and dependent contractors got a 2.5% rate increase in 2012. A retro pay increase of 3% was provided for the first year and a 2.5% increase retroactive from March 1, 2012 for our Schedule A regular members. The regular members also received a $.10 per hour addition to their … Read More

Down the rabbit hole of compensation

The realities of the workers’ compensation system are a far cry from the principles of natural justice and fairness which underlie B.C.’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Workers risk losing their impairment awards on appeal when a decision is made that the award overcompensates them for their injuries. In such a pension appeal, workers grapple with the … Read More

Social media cautions

There are a number of areas in which social media and employment interact. Statements denigrating management are typically viewed by arbitrators as a type of insubordination. With the advent of Facebook and other such sites, statements that used to be made and forgotten are now posted for all to see. Employees can be disciplined for … Read More

The latest on local union changes

General membership meetings were held in Prince George, Kitimat, Kamloops and Kelowna in September and October and a commitment has been made to the members to hold area meetings on an ongoing basis. Teamsters are working at the Rio Tinto Aluminum Smelter Upgrade Project in Kitimat and continued growth in the northern area of the province over … Read More