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ERB Transport Employees
Posted On: May 06, 2012

 

TEAMSTERS AND THE ERB TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES ARE ORGANIZING TOGETHER

WELCOME TO THE 2012 ERB TRANSPORT ORGANIZING DRIVE:

Teamsters Local Union No. 91 has been approached from the Ottawa drivers of ERB Transport to become unionized.  This document is designed to provide you information on all aspects of unionizing and the benefits with working for a unionized company.  We are not here to take on your employers, simply to level the playing field between employer and employee and to work for a brighter future for all.

MISSION STATEMENT:

Teamsters Local Union No. 91 while working with ERB Transport employees will endeavor to unionize your Company.  Our goal is to unite the drivers who are employed by this company in Ottawa, Belleville and Toronto through a strong union.  We will work with any employee to help further along the process, and encourage all employees to become involved.  Our door is always open...take the time to contact us with your information so we can keep you informed.  All this information is 100% confidential from the employer.

YOUR RIGHTS UNDER LAW

In all parts of Canada, employees have a legal right to become union members, to organize, support, and participate in union activities.  The Canada Labour Code states:

"Every employee is free to join the trade union of his/her choice and to participate in its lawful activities"

The Ontario Labour Relations Act provides the identical rights and freedoms.

WHERE DO WE START

We are interested in you the employee as the most valuable asset to your employer.  This is a grass roots drive, reaching out to every employee, regardless of union opinion or pre-conceptions.  We are here for you, and will answer any questions you may have – we are completely transparent.  Let’s make an informed decision together:

Remember these simple things:

•  Did you know ERB Transport employees working out of Toronto have an application in at the Canada Industrial Relations Board to become UNIONIZED with the Teamsters;
• Teamsters represent numerous freight companies such as TST Overland, FastFrate, Kingsway, Cooney and Ceva Logistics to name a few;
• Unionizing will protect what you have and help to ensure a level playing field between you and the employer;
• Teamsters is Canada’s Freight Company of choice and efforts are ongoing to organize every ERB Transport location in Ontario!

The Teamsters have many unionized freight companies and experience in the field - we are here to help you!

Sign a confidential card today and return it!

 

 

THE UNIONIZING PROCESS

 TEAMSTERS AND THE ERB TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES ARE ORGANIZING TOGETHER

 CONTACT OUR PEOPLE OR TAKE THE MATERIALS YOU ARE PROVIDED ON SITE FOR REVIEW:

Teamsters Local Union No. 91 will have on-site organizers who are available to answer questions and provide you with information.  We are a team working together to help even the playing field and ensure a brighter future for all ERB Transport employees in Ontario.  Please provide us with a means to reach you, and we will be happy to answer all your questions at your leisure.   

THE FIRST STEP - SIGNING A UNION CARD:

Signing a Union card is simply an application for membership.  The card does not automatically force you into the Union.  Simply, once we have 50% of the driver’s or dock’s cards signed for your company, we apply to be certified through the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) – if we achieve the 51% marker – certification is automatic.  Remember you cannot be fired for signing a card and the employer will never see the cards.  Yes – we do have to collect five dollars ($5.00) – however that money is directly forwarded to CIRB and is their requirement – not ours.  A small investment for a guaranteed future…

STEP TWO - BARGAINING WITH THE EMPLOYER:  

Once the Teamsters become certified, we provide your employer with notice to begin the bargaining process.  Negotiations are held under the principle of maintaining good relations with the employer and achieving the basis of a 'fair days work for a fair days pay'.  Negotiations are done by YOUR Committee with representatives from your Union and your fellow employee(s) who are on the negotiating team. 

STEP THREE - RATIFYING THE AGREEMENT:  

Prior to ratifying or placing any Agreement in place the Members will vote on the employers offer.  Teamsters will not accept an Agreement of your behalf.  You are in control every step of the way.  Teamsters will ensure you understand your Agreement before you vote.  YOU DO NOT PAY ANY DUES UNTIL A CONTRACT IS IN PLACE – YOU WILL NOT PAY AN INITIATION FEE!

STEP FOUR - LIVING UNDER THE AGREEMENT: 

Contracts range in duration; your Agreement will have a start and finish date.  Teamster’s contracts are a tool for employees to ensure a level playing field with the employer.  We enforce bargained items and negotiated benefits for all our Members.  Imagine having contractually guaranteed increases and seniority to name a few things…

Today we begin the journey together for a brighter future - help us reach out to you.

It is you right under law, and no one will become unionized before a vote - and absolutely every inquiry is confidential, the employer will never know!

 

WHAT HAVE THE TEAMSTERS DONE?

Teamsters have many contracts with many Freight Companies and continue to grow within that realm.  ERB Transport employees have worked with the Teamsters in Toronto and have an application being processed to become unionized which was submitted in April 2012. We continue to organize Freight employees and feel confident our numbers will grow.  The more groups organized, the more power we will have to continue to negotiate better and better agreements.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
YOUR TEAM - OUR TEAM – ONE TEAM - JOIN US TODAY

BRIAN MACDONALD - PRESIDENT TEAMSTERS LOCAL No. 91

(613)-247-9191 (CALL COLLECT)

BRADLEY REID - VICE PRESIDENT TEAMSTERS LOCAL No. 91

(613)-247-9191 (CALL COLLECT)

 

 

 

 

TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION No. 91

(613)-247-9191

E-MAIL CONTACT

bmacdonald@teamsters91.ca

 

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP TODAY

Contact one of your team as above today; let us know who you are and the best way to reach you.  We need your help to provide you with the information through phone, mail, E-mail, fax, or any method you choose.  Any information will always be confidential and safely guarded; we want to make sure you are informed.

CONTACT YOUR TEAM TODAY TO SECURE A BETTER FUTURE!

DID YOU KNOW:

  • THE COMPANY WILL NOW LIKELY SEND YOU LETTERS AND PROVIDE PEP TALKS ABOUT HOW YOU DON’T NEED A UNION – UNION’S THROUGH COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS MAKE GUARANTEES – COMPANY’S MAKE PROMISES WHICH CAN’T BE GUARANTEED.
  • AN INFORMATION SESSION WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE TEAMSTERS UNION HALL – 1300 AGES DRIVE, OTTAWA – YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO ATTEND WITHOUT ANY REPRECUSSIONS!  GET INFORMED
 

 


 
 
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