Longtime popular Teamsters 938 business agent and board member, Ray Hill has passed away at the age of 72. Ray joined the Teamsters union in 1969 in car haul and was appointed to the board as a Trustee in 1986. He served on the board with President Larry McDonald as Secretary Treasurer and retired in 2009.
The Service Ontario location at 5035 Hurontario St. was recently sold and privatized by the Ontario Government to a numbered company 2336856 Ontario Inc. The employees immediately had their wages reduced to minimum wage ($11.25 hr.) and lost their pension and benefits under the new ownership. The location is now on strike and asking the public to support five other locations in Mississauga until their fight is resolved. Teamsters Union Local 938 is fighting for the rights of these workers.
Business agents Wayne Franklin and Omkar Maraj along with Director of Organizing Joe Castellano and Recording Secretary Mike Broderick join the workers in this fight for their rights.
Seven members students received $1,000 Scholarships from the James R. Hoffa Scholarship Fund Essay Competition in 2015. Along with the cheque, a certificate read: The selection committee recognizes this individual to be a highly creative and talented young person. We are confident that this student has the potential to contribute greatly to our society.
The winners are:
Rezwana Rahman - First Student
Olivia Dymek - Kingsway
Sommer Arruda - Purolator
Shivani Gandhi - Decoustics
Angela Maggacomo - UPS
Kristen Sinden - Cassens
Stedman Tabiri – Decoustics
Congratulations to all the
Barrie, Ontario - Now in it’s 7th week of a lockout that caught Local 938 members by surprise, Cardinal Couriers in Barrie, Ont. continue to operate by bringing drivers and inside sorters from Mississauga, claims union steward Mark Crawford. “Initially, the company didn’t want to negotiate with us at all” he adds. Issues include salary increases and overtime hours which the company are refusing to pay employees for. “Our hands are tied and we’re waiting for Cardinal to present a proposal” he says. “We just want to get back to work.
Two Pepsi Canada member students were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships through the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund which is operated by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington. Asaanth Sivajohan, daughter of Sivaramalinga Sivajohna, and Kayla McAdam, daughter of Roy T. McAdam received news of the scholarships wins in early October.
President Craig McInnes announced the retirement of Vice President John Gorman at the December General Membership Meeting. He will be replaced by former Trustee Vince Johnson beginning January 1st, 2014. Mr. Gorman plans to remain a Business Agent until August of 2014. A new Trustee will be appointed early in the new year.
John Gorman • Vince Johnson
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Bill C377, the Union Disclosure Bill in Canada and the growing anti-union sentiment in the U.S. has President Craig McInnes concerned and looking for solidarity amongst all union members in the country if organized labour is to hope to maintain and protect the middle class lifestyle that it has taken decades to create. All Local 938 members should take the time to read a handout that was distributed at the February 2013 General membership Meeting. Click here for Notice
Teamsters Local 938 President Craig McInnes was surprised by the outpouring of appreciation from fellow Executive Board members at a recent International Brotherhood of Teamsters Meeting In Washington. The generosity displayed by our Local with a $3,000 contribution to the relief fund was applauded and McInnes was extremely proud to represent the membership and accept the kudos from our American brothers and sisters.
Teamsters Local 938 recently donated $3,000 towards the disaster relief fund to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Fall of 2012.
Brintha Sivajohan was a big winner in the 2012 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund with a $10,000 cheque to support her future education, and dad Siva , an employee of Pepsi Canada couldn’t be happier. “Today’s education is costly” he said, “and this money will go a long way to helping Brintha achieve her dream of becoming a doctor”. Brintha is currently studying bio-medicine at Western University.
Drivers following Local 938’s new Dodge Hemi on Ontario’s roadways will not soon forget the memorable message staring them in the face....”KICKIN’ ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS”. That pretty well sums up the Teamsters mantra when it comes to representing their members.