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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we achieve unionization of our workplace?

The first step is signing a union membership card. Once Teamsters Local Union 938 has received union membership cards from a minimum of 40% of the workers of one company, the cards are forwarded to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board along with the Union’s application for certification. The employer never sees the union’s signed membership cards. The Board never discloses these cards or the identity of who signed them to the employer. This confidentiality is part of the law.

In order for the union to be certified, more than 50% of the employees must complete a card to join the union. If this is accomplished, the union will be certified. When the union is certified, the company is required by law to negotiate with the union about wages, benefits, and working conditions.

What will be in our contract?

This is done through a democratic process. Your negotiating committee is made up of workers and full-time union representatives. The union will hold a meeting and record input from all interested workers as to what they would like to see in their contract and the priority in which they value such items. Once the proposal
document is drafted it can be used in negotiations with your Companies management.

Are Strikes Common?

No. A great majority of contracts (approximately 96% of them) are achieved through dispute-free negotiations. By law, employees must be given the opportunity to vote on whether to accept or reject what is negotiated at the bargaining table. If the members at a particular workplace are not willing to accept what has been negotiated, they can vote to strike. A strike vote raises the stakes in negotiations, and contracts are often settled after a strike vote but before any strike has begun.

What is a Local Union?

Local Unions are the backbone and vital force of Teamsters Canada. In fact, a Local Union is an autonomous entity governed by the Constitution and by its own regulations. It is comprised of officers (president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, recording secretary, etc.), business agents, organizers, and staff members.
On account of the Local Union’s autonomy, its officers can make any decisions while considering the needs of the members.

What is a Member?

Members are the backbone of our union and without their will to progress, the union simply would not exist. Only members, in synergy with the other members, can advance the cause of employees in their working environment.

What is Teamsters Canada?

Teamsters Canada is a labour organization with over 125,000 members. It is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has 1,500,000 members across North America. We represent several industries, including transport, retail, motion picture, brewery & soft drink, construction, dairy, warehousing, and more.

Where are you located?

Main Office
275 Matheson Blvd. East,
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1X8

e-mail: info@teamsters938.org
Toll free: 1-800-263-9938
Phone: (905) 502-0062
Fax: (905) 502-0076

What can a labour union like Teamsters do for me?

In a few words, we can say that Teamsters will protect you from your employer’s arbitrary decisions. Our main mission is to ensure the respect of our members with regard to opportunities for advancement, as well as vacation, wages, etc. As a result, the days when bosses used to make decisions without any consideration for their employees are now gone.

How are the Teamsters different from other unionized workers?

This can be explained in several ways. First, the Teamsters form a big family joined by convergent interests, which can be summed up in five words: the welfare of our members. Then, they are members of a truly democratic labour union. You can be involved at all levels, and express your opinion. The great majority of the officers, business agents, and organizers working in local unions are from the rank and file. As such, they are men and women who are able to understand your issues and demands.

Are the Teamsters only made up of truckers?

No. The Teamsters work in a wide variety of industries and sectors ranging from office clerks to skilled workers in the food product industry, to warehouse workers and stockroom clerks, etc.

Do you have any other questions?

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