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Made Whole: A catchall phrase used in grievance and other legal action where a remedy is sought from an employer. Often used in discharge and discipline cases where the Union seeks to have a worker who had been wrongly discharged or disciplined returned to work and reimbursed all wages, benefits, or other conditions lost due to an employer's unjustified action.

Management Rights: The employer’s right to operate the worksite as set out in a  clause of each Collective Agreement and limited by other clauses. 

Mediation: Efforts of a third party to help the Union and management reach agreement in a labour dispute. Mediators are sometimes brought in to clarify issues and suggest possible solutions.

Member: Members are the backbone of the Union.  They are the working men and women who belong to the Union.

Member in Good Standing: A union member in good standing is one who has fulfilled requirements for the organization and who has not voluntarily withdrawn from membership, been expelled, or suspended. 

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA): A written, signed agreement that identifies what the Union and employer have agreed to in settling a Collective Agreement or other dispute. The Union and/or the employer may have to ratify the agreement before it becomes a Collective Agreement.

Merit Increase: Increase in wages given to one employee by the employer to reward good performance. Unions often oppose merit increases because of a general lack of objective criteria for awarding increases, and thus allowing favouritism to enter into the decision to award the increase.

Testimonial

"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.
- Dave S

"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