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Mike Christensen

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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. 

Mike serves as the sole labour representative on the Board of Directors for FIOSA-MIOSA, the leading occupational safety organization in all of British Columbia, if not the nation. With his passion for workplace safety and Union activism, Mike has focused on education with studies in the following areas:

Occupational Health and Safety level 1&2

Incident Investigation 

Occupational Hygiene

OHS Committee Effectiveness

Shop Stewarding level 1&2

Facing Management

Collective Bargaining level 1&2

Also, Mike has attended Labour Law Conferences, Teamsters Conference, and Teamsters Conventions, Dairy Conference and CLC Conferences. Additionally, Mike proudly volunteers as co-chair of the Teamsters Committee with Variety - The Children’s Charity. In his current role as Business Representative Mike brings the strength and leadership that our members expect from our local.   

Contact Mike team464admin@telus.net

Testimonial

“They have demonstrated the dedication and leadership that
our Local requires. They have always provided sound counsel, support, and frank
discussion on matters involving the members, contract negotiations and our
Local.“ 

- Bruce Tillapaugh –Shop Steward. Island Farms, Victoria

"I was employed for many years at a Teamster company that was shut down due to the economy. Because of my age, I was worried about starting over. Bobby, Bob and Paul not only negotiated a much better severance package than was in the contract, but they also went the extra mile and got me on at one of their other companies with an even better contract.They continued to help me even though it wasn't their job to."

- Armando Borean

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