Teamsters now offers the highest strike pay in the country
LAVAL, QC, Oct. 31, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The president of Teamsters Canada has announced today that the members' strike pay will increase from $200 to $300 per week. This means that Teamsters now offers the highest strike pay of all Canadian unions.
"Our organization is very sound financially because we manage our union dues responsibly," explained Teamsters Canada president Robert Bouvier. "We have $50 million in our strike fund to cover members affected by a labour conflict."
While strike benefits vary depending on the member's employment status, most Canadian workers represented by the Teamsters Union will benefit from this increase.
The announcement was made during a seminar titled "Sois fier / Be Proud," organized by Teamsters Canada in Toronto. The purpose of this gathering, which brought together union representatives and local union officers, was to fuel reflection on strategies to improve the services offered to Teamsters Canada's 125,000 members.
"I'm proud of my organization and its members," stated Mr. Bouvier. "I'm proud because they drive the economy, they participate actively in their communities and they defend the interests of all Canadians."
The seminar was also held to prepare for Teamsters Canada's 11th Convention, to be held in Quebec City next June.
"I'm looking forward to meeting our delegates from across the country," said Mr. Bouvier. "We have a lot to discuss and many decisions to make. Together, we're going to lay the groundwork for our union activities in the years ahead."
The Teamsters Union represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
SOURCE: TEAMSTERS CANADA
For further information:
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Teamsters Canada
Office: 450-682-5521 x236