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Mike Christensen

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Brother Christensen has been a Teamster since 1996.  Participating in the only strike in Local 464’s history, Mike knows the positive effect of strong Teamster leadership in action.

With his passion for safety, Mike has served as the sole Labour Representative on the Board of Directors for Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC (MSABC), the leading occupational safety organization in British Columbia.  Focusing on safety as well as education Mike has completed studies in the following areas:

Occupational Health and Safety Levels 1 & 2

Occupational Hygiene

OHS Committee Effectiveness

Incident Investigation

Facing Management

Collective Bargaining Levels 1 & 2

Labour Law Conferences, CLC Conferences

Teamsters Dairy Conferences, Teamsters Bakery Conferences, Teamsters Canada and International Conferences

Facilitator of Local 464 Shop Steward Training Seminars

Serving the membership as an Officer of the Local, Mike had held the position of Trustee on the Local’s Executive Board as well as President before being elected to his current role of Business Representative.

As a Business Representative, Mike’s sole purpose is to protect the membership and provide the highest level of service possible.  Mike has participated in negotiating collective bargaining agreements for every member that we represent as well as engaging in several arbitration hearings.

A fierce defender of members’ rights, Mike brings strength and leadership that our membership expects from our Local.


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"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 Speirs

“I look after a lot of members in a very big plant. For years I had to fight for them by myself with no help at all from any of the Union’s representatives or Officers. This changed completely once Bobby, Bob and Paul were in office. Now I have access to my reps 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  They’re always there to back me up.” 

- Darrell Lawres – Chief Shop Steward. Saputo, Sperling