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Problem at Work

If you are having an issue at your workplace there are steps you can take: 

  1. The first step of course is to try to resolve the matter yourself by going to your supervisor: make sure he or she knows that there is an issue and what you would like to see done about it before you proceed to the next step. 
  2. Talk to your Shop Steward: he or she may have further information or advice that may help you to better understand the issue and may be able to help you resolve the complaint.  
  3. If steps 1 and 2 have been unsuccessful, the member and the Steward formalize the complaint in writing and submit it to management on an official grievance form.  A copy is faxed to the Union [604-872-5215] and the member keeps a copy. At this point the Shop Steward or member should contact a Union Representative [either Mike Christensen or Bret O'Neill] by phone [604-876-6464] or email with information about the complaint, the investigation and what has been done so far. 

Testimonial

"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

“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

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