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Full Time Representatives: 
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Paul Barton ~ Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer

Brother Paul has been a Teamster since 1991. Having been employed in both the dairy and bakery industries serves him well in his role as Secretary-Treasurer with Local 464.  

Paul has worked as a truck driver, production worker, machine operator, warehouseman, checker/loader, automated warehouse operator, etc. In the work place he has acted as a Shop Steward, an advocate for his fellow workers and a Union activist. He first became a Business-Representative in 2002, President in 2014, and Secretary-Treasurer in April of 2015.

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Mike Christensen ~ President and Business Representative

Brother Mike has been a Teamster since 1996. Participating in the only strike in the Local’s history as an employee at The Original Cakerie, Mike has seen the positive effect of strong Teamsters leadership. In his 19 years as a Union activist Mike has held the role of Chief Shop Steward and workplace safety advocate as well as Trustee on the Local’s Executive Board. 

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Bret O'Neill ~ Organizer/Business Representative

Brother Bret has been a member of the Teamsters since 1987. Having worked nearly 30 years with Dairyland/Saputo, Bret has held every key position in the Dairy, including CIP/Pasteurizer, Automated Warehouse (DAWS) Operator, Cheesemaker and Shop Steward. 

Executive Board: 
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Terry Inouye ~ Vice-President

Brother Terry has been working as a Driver for Island Farms/ Agropur for over 11 years. He became Shop Steward in 2012. He has served as part of the contract negotiating team and is also currently an active member of the Health and Safety Committee at Burnaby Agropur. Terry is a family oriented husband and father of two. He is active in his children’s sports teams and is a Soccer coach. 

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Satwinder Basra ~ Recording Secretary

Sister Satwinder is an employee of The Original Cakerie and has been a member of Teamsters Local Union 464 since 1997. She has been a Shop Steward since 2010 and has participated as members’ representative through 2 sets of negotiations. In her 18 years as a Union Activist, Satwinder has participated in the only strike in the Local Union’s history, (with The Original Cakerie) continuing to stand up for her coworkers and educate them about their rights, is a champion for employee health and safety, and is a leader for those that need her help.

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John Brookes ~ Trustee

Brother John is a long time Teamster Driver with Island Farms and is a Chief Shop Steward.

His involvement with the Union started with his desire to be a Steward to represent his fellow workers.

John is a devoted family man with two grown daughters.

When not working John enjoys many outdoor activities.

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Lindsay Macpherson ~ Trustee

Sister Lindsay has been a Teamster laboratory technician with Saputo since 1984 and is a Shop Steward. 

Her Union activism started when she saw the need for the small lab group to have a voice for their concerns.

She feels her role is to help resolve issues between her fellow workers and the company.

Outside of work Lindsay enjoys working in her garden.

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Drew Speirs ~ Trustee

Brother Drew has been a Teamster member for over 33 years, all of them with Island Farms Dairy, now known as Natrel, in Victoria. Drew, who is a Machine Operator in the Ice Cream Department, has been a Union activist his entire career, and has been a Shop Steward for the past 5 years.

Drew has also served as a Retirement Committee member and as a member of the negotiating committee and was appointed Trustee in February 2015. 

Office Staff: 
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Lori Joyce ~ Office Manager

Sister Lori started with Teamsters 464 in 1980. Lori is one of the longest serving Teamster staff members in Canada.

Lori has performed many roles in her career including Assistant to an International Vice President, and Assistant to the President of Joint Council 36.

She continues her service with the Teamsters as a valuable member of our Local.

Her work with us extends outside the office including work on Shop Steward Seminars, elections, votes and conferences.

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Blythe Gunson ~ Administrative Assistant

Sister Blythe is the newest member of our team.

Testimonial

"I have been a member of Teamsters Local 464 for 23 years and have seen many of the executives come and go. Some of the previous executives nearly ran the Local into bankruptcy including losing our pension.  Bobby Kornhass, Bob Ryder and Paul Barton brought us back from the brink. Since they took over in 2000, we at Dairyland (Saputo) have had the best contracts I have seen since I have been there."

- Randy Onyschak

For 35 years I have been a Teamster and a Dairyworker, I was a young kid needing a job in tough economic times. I found a place to work and make a living, I learned to work together with others having varying and different backgrounds than my own.

Much has changed for me personally and professionally, I got married to my beautiful wife of almost 25 years and we have raised two amazing children, both of whom are presently studying abroad. Both of my children were recipients of Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Funding.

So much of my success I can credit to having a well paying union job. The Teamsters have been a great union for me, negotiating strong collective agreements that held good wage and benefit packages as well as the cornerstone beliefs of seniority and workers’ rights. The Teamsters gave me a good wage and a voice.

I have always been an active Teamster, and now I sit on Local 464's Executive Board.

There can be a great degree of personal feelings when the word union is mentioned, but so often I look at professional associations and realize the name may be different, but the thought is the same...strength in numbers.

As I get toward the end of my career, I look forward to the thought of receiving the Teamsters Canada Pension Plan, and I am so grateful for the belief others had before me that Teamsters deserved a good and decent retirement...thank you.

Drew


- Drew Speirs

"I was there when we brought the Union in. The first-time contract they won for us was unbelievable. It changed the quality of my life. I am now a Shop Steward and enjoy working with my Union and looking after my fellow workers. "

- Paul Landrecht - Shop Steward. Island Farms Dairy.