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August 14, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Working a Desk Job? Here are 5 Ways to Stay Active

We’re all well aware that physical activity is crucial for your long-term health. But that doesn’t mean we all make time for it. Between work, home life and your social life, physical activity can easily get put on the back-burner or forgotten altogeth …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life
August 8, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

How to Carve Out Family Time While Working Nights

Working odd hours has its fair share of downsides, among them is the difficulty of maintaining relationships. If you work night shifts, you may be taking naps in the evenings before work, missing out on family dinners or putting your kids to bed. So he …

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Diversity, Gender Equality, Labour Union, Worker Rights, health
July 24, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

How to Stand Up Against Workplace Discrimination

It’s a sad but true fact that discrimination is a common occurrence experienced by many. Whether because of race, gender, disabilities or sexuality, people within marginalized groups often face discrimination on both a personal and professional level. …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
July 17, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

The Problem with Precarious Work

Precarious work typically refers to any type of employment that is considered non-standard, including casual work, temporary work, work with no set hours and work without benefits or pension. Generally speaking, precarious work offers no job security w …

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Family Life, Labour Union, Real Life, Worker Rights
July 10, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Know Your Rights when it comes to Vacation Pay

With summer in full swing, many of us are just itching to get out and cash in on those vacation days. When it comes to vacation pay, the rules are fairly straight forward, but that doesn’t mean every employer follows them to a T. Here are some basic th …

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Events, Labour Union, Real Life
June 30, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

A Review of Canadian Labour History

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we thought we’d take the time to look back at the game-changing moments in Canada’s labour history. Many life-changing moves for workers have taken place right here in Canada because of workers just like you who re …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life, health
June 19, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Tips for the Shift Worker: How to stay healthy during shift work

The term ‘shift work’ typically refers to any work hours outside of the standard 7am – 6pm time. As the title suggests, shift workers often do not have a consistent schedule, but rotate through various shifts. If you’re a shift worker, you know all too …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life
June 12, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 activities to do with your kids this summer

On one hand, the word ‘summer’ can evoke so many positive emotions with thoughts of sunshine, warm weather, BBQs and camping. On the other hand, the word ‘summer’ can also conjure up feelings of stress if you’re wrestling with the age-old question of ‘ …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
June 5, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

What to look for when signing your employment contract

Between the excitement of finding a new job and the stress of learning the ropes at a new company, it’s easy to ignore small details involved in starting a position, like your employment contract. Chances are you’ve signed a few employment contracts in …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life
June 2, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 Gems for Camping in Alberta this Summer

The summer experience is arguably incomplete without a camping trip, and luckily, Alberta happens to be home to some of the best campsites Canada has to offer. Plan a weekend, grab the kids or your closest friends, and take in the great outdoors. The f …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
May 23, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Coping with Changes in the Workplace

These days it seems as though every week there’s another news article out announcing expected wage cuts in an Albertan workplace. Economic times are tough in Alberta, and it didn’t take long for the damage to travel from just the oil & gas industry …

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Diversity, Worker Rights
May 15, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Racial Discrimination in the Workplace & Understanding Your Rights

Racism is believed by many to be virtually nonexistent in Canada today; but this idea couldn’t be more wrong. Non-Caucasian individuals experience racism of all forms on a regular basis, and it is by no means uncommon for a person of colour to experien …

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Events, Lifestyle
May 8, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

4 National Parks to Visit in Alberta this Spring

The sun is out, the grass is green and the days are getting longer. It’s finally that time of the year to start spending time in the great outdoors. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada has waived fees for 2017 park passes. If you’re …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life
May 1, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 Ways to Show the Mother in Your Life You Care

Mother’s Day has never been about lavish gifts or expensive dinners, instead it’s about showing a very hardworking person in your life just how much you care about them. Whether it’s for your own mother or the mother of your children, here are 5 simple …

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Diversity, Gender Equality
April 24, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace

*Note: The term LGBTQ is a shortened version of the acronym LGBTTQQIAAP. This stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally and pansexual. Workplace discrimination is a reality that many people …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
April 17, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

What’s a fair workweek?

Understanding the laws around the hours you work is essential to ensure you’re being treated fairly in the workplace. Many of us are well aware of the basic rules of overtime work and pay, but there are clear exceptions to these rules outlined in the G …

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Diversity, Worker Rights
April 10, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Physical Appearance & Your Workplace

When it comes to understanding the weight of physical appearance in the workplace, two very important questions must be answered: ‘Do looks matter in the workplace?’ and ‘Should looks matter in the workplace?’ There are many different physical characte …

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Labour Union, News, Worker Rights
April 3, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Worker and Job Automation: How can a union help?

We’re living in an age defined by technology and its advances. These rapidly evolving technological trends have changed the way we socialize, they way we entertain ourselves, the way we educate, the way we travel, and the way we consume products and se …

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Lifestyle, Real Life
March 20, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Recently Out of Work? Here’s what you should be doing

Today in Alberta, economic times are tough, meaning if you’ve recently found yourself out of work, you’re not the only one. If you’re ready to get back out into the workforce, here are some strategies to land a job that much quicker. Spread the word We …

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Gender Equality, Labour Union, Worker Rights
March 7, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Women’s rights in the workplace

The battle for gender equality in the workplace has a long history, and is ongoing. Unions have played an important part in this fight for over a century. Canadian unions have not only been fighting for equal pay for decades, but also spearheaded the m …

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News
March 2, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

TPP and Its Impact On The Canadian Dairy Industry

The Teamsters Canada Dairy and Sales Drivers Division continue to be characterized by the successful negotiation and ratification of a number of collective agreements across Canada. These successes reaffirm the leadership of the Officers, Agents, and R …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
February 24, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Part Time Employee Rights and Issues: How Unions Help

Whether you’re trying to balance a busy schedule between home and work or you just can’t seem to find a full-time position, part-time work is often the only option. Unfortunately, both provincial and federal labour laws are weak when it comes to protec …

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Diversity, Worker Rights
February 17, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Indigenous rights in and out of the workplace

Canada has a history of mistreating Indigenous people, and although as a nation we are beginning to acknowledge the damage we’ve caused and fight for change, we are far from where we need to be with respect to the rights of Indigenous people. Canada’s …

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Worker Rights
February 10, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 Signs of a Bad boss

Everyone deserves a boss who treats him or her with fairness and dignity, but that’s not always the case. Although laws are put in place to protect employees from poor treatment at the hands of an employer, these laws can only do so much, and in realit …

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News
February 2, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 Valentine’s Date Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you have a significant other in your life, chances are they have expectations for a special date night. Valentines day dates can be expensive activities, and as the weather gets colder, the options for creati …

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Diversity, Labour Union, Worker Rights, health
January 23, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

The Issue of Disability Rights in the Workplace and How You Can Help

At Teamsters 987, we believe that equality within the workplace is just as important as fair compensation or a safe work environment, but unfortunately, many workplaces do not treat this issue as important, especially when it comes to the rights of tho …

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Family Life, Lifestyle
January 18, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 active things you can do for (practically) free this winter

The holiday season has past, and for many of us, has left behind a couple extra pounds, and as the cold weather persists, finding the motivation to get outside and enjoy some physical activity becomes increasingly more difficult. So here are 5 activiti …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life
January 2, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

How To Keep Goals: 5 Steps To Setting Goals You’ll Actually Keep

A new year is a great opportunity to set goals for yourself, but many of us either get a little too ambitious with our goal-setting, or just don’t set goals at all. It’s far too easy to set 50 goals on January 1st only to completely forget about them b …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
December 28, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

How a growing union benefits you

Being a member of a union means you have a voice, it means you have the negotiating power to receive better compensation and better treatment in your workplace, and it means you have ongoing support in establishing a better quality of life for yourself …

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Worker Rights, health
December 18, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

Workplace Mental Health: Make Mental Health Support In The Workplace Mandatory

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), mental illness is an issue that directly affects one in five Canadian adults, and indirectly affects every single Canadian at some time whether it’s through a family member, friend or co-worke …

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Labour Union, News
December 12, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

Alberta’s minimum wage increase: what it means for you

On October 1, 2016, the Government of Alberta raised the minimum wage from $11.20/hour to $12.20/hour. The minimum wage increase was designed to help Albertan workers better support themselves and their families, and has made Alberta the province with …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
December 6, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

What is the Difference between Free Trade vs. Fair Trade and Why Does It Matter

In some instances, fair trade and free trade are used interchangeably, but these two trade agreements have very different meanings. What is free trade? Free trade means that other nations can compete within our economy. Free trade agreements include re …

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Business, Labour Union
November 29, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

10 Tips for Shop Stewards

As a Teamsters 987 Shop Steward, your job is to be a leader, an organizer, and an educator. You work on behalf of the union members to ensure their concerns are being heard, and in doing so, you help establish better workplace environments. Here are so …

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Business, Labour Union
November 28, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

Engaging your Labour Union Business Agent

Teamsters Local Union 987 Businesses Agents, like Shop Stewards, work for you and are available to help with grievances, but their function is more than just that. Your business agent knows the ins and outs of both the union and your industry workplace …

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Labour Union, Safety
November 25, 2016
By Tomi Ajele

Championing Safety in the Workplace: Workplace Safety Tips

Your employer should always be making sure that you’re operating under the safest conditions possible. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This is why safety champions are so important. Being a safety champion can look different depending on whe …

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Labour Union, News
November 15, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

The members have spoken! A recap of Teamster’s 987 election results.

Teamsters Local Union 987 strongly believes in the effectiveness of collective power and unity. Simply put, we wouldn’t be here without you – our members, so we exist to serve you. This is why we wholeheartedly believe in your leadership being chosen t …

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Business, Real Life, Worker Rights
November 2, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Employee Voice In The Workplace: Your Voice Matters

Regardless of whether you work in the service industry, a trade, or for a large corporation, chances are you’ve felt insignificant and unheard at your place of work. Unfortunately, these feelings have allowed workers all over the world to be taken adva …

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Labour Union, Lifestyle, Safety, health
October 26, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Mental health awareness – how to monitor yourself

Mental illness, like physical illness can get worse if left untreated, and although there are many causes of mental illness that you have no control over, such as genetics, trauma, brain damage and prenatal damage, there are also many causes and contri …

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Gender Equality, Labour Union, Safety, Worker Rights
October 25, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Exploring a life before unions

Picture this: you wake up at the crack of dawn to arrive at work by 6 a.m.. You then proceed to work until 6 or 7 p.m. without any break, only to bring home $2.00 at the end of the day. Now repeat this process 7 days a week. No weekends, no vacation, j …

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Diversity
October 24, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Diversity in the workplace

Diversity in the workplace hasn’t always been accepted, much less encouraged, but the fight for equality among individuals of different genders, races, ages, and sexual orientations is beginning to pay off, and workplaces are far better for it. Canada …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, health
October 18, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work: 5 Healthy Lunch Tips

The right lunchtime habits can leave you rejuvenated and ready to face the second half of your workday, while the wrong habits can leave you crashing and crankier than ever. Here are 5 healthy lunch tips to improve your workday and your overall health. …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Worker Rights, health
September 19, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

8 Ways to Get a Better Work-Life Balance

A little stress at work is normal, but if you’re experiencing constant stress at work without proper relaxation time, you can easily burnout. Burnouts happen when you’re completely overwhelmed by daily life, and the effects of burnouts go far beyond ju …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
September 14, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

How Teamsters 987 stands up for Each Member of their Union Family

Being in a union means you’re not alone. It means that your concerns about how you’re treated, how you’re compensated, ensuring your voice is heard, and provides you with a team actively fighting for your rights. Here are some examples of how Teamsters …

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Lifestyle, health
September 13, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

4 Ways to Add Physical Activity to Your Day

Physical activity has countless benefits such as keeping your weight under control, enhancing your mood, reducing risk of disease, and increasing life expectancy, just to name a few. But after a hard day’s work, it’s easy to stop seeing exercise for al …

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Safety, health
September 13, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE MORE THAN JUST PHYSICAL WELLBEING

Have you ever suffered an injury at work due to a hazardous work environment? It is well known that an unsafe physical working environment is connected to absence due to illness and poor work performance. However, mental health and overall wellbeing wh …

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Gender Equality, Real Life
September 12, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

CLOSING THE GENDER WAGE GAP TOGETHER. WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The Gender Wage Gap in Canada- Facts The gender wage gap is the difference in earnings between women and men in the workplace for doing the exact same job. Did you know that in Canada a woman makes 72 cents to every dollar that her male counterpart mak …

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Family Life, Real Life
August 16, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

EASY IDEAS FOR TIGHTENING YOUR BUDGETING BELT

Nothing puts more stress on life than uncertain financial times. We’re not suggesting bad things are going to happen. We’re just offering some friendly budgeting advice that can help all of us in uncertain times. In tight times, tighten up your credit …

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Labour Union
August 3, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

What is Collective Bargaining and What’s In It For Me?

Whether you’re a current Teamsters 987 member or you’re curious about the benefits of joining a union, there’s no doubt that a collective bargaining agreement offers workers key benefits that contribute to a great work life and better general quality o …

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Labour Union, Safety
July 26, 2016
By Nik Makin

FIVE WAYS TO CHAMPION A SAFE WORKPLACE

Every job is different and so is every workplace. Some jobs are more hazardous than others, but regardless of what you do for work, there’s a lot you can do at work to ensure safety is always top of mind. Get involved. Most workplaces, including unioni …

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Family Life, Labour Union
July 19, 2016
By Nik Makin

EARNING WHAT YOU’RE WORTH WITH A UNION WAGE

When you think about it, we spend a huge chunk of our lives at work. And the money we earn is what fuels the rest of our life. It’s what pays the bills, feeds the family and allows us to pursue the other things we enjoy. So what’s wrong with wanting to …

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Labour Union, Real Life
July 11, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Your rights at work: labour relations in Alberta

As a Teamsters Local 987 member, you hear it all the time: “Stand up for your rights!” Becoming a Teamster was your first step in the right direction, but do you ever wonder what exactly those rights are? We also hear that “knowledge is power,” but rea …

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Labour Union
July 4, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Myths About Unions: The Top Five Union Myths Busted

A union’s goal is always to go on strike Unions are in the business of reaching agreements, not stalemates. Strikes are a last resort, and they only occur when the majority of members vote in favour of them. In fact, only 3% of union negotiations in Ca …

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Lifestyle, Real Life
June 27, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Simple Tips to Lower Vacation Stress

Planning a vacation can be daunting enough at the best of times, but you work hard to earn your time off and should make the absolute most out of it. One of the most important parts of planning a summer vacation is budgeting. Creating and following a v …

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Labour Union, News
June 17, 2016
By Aleksandra Kar

Unions Benefits: Understanding The Benefits Of Your Union

With 5,000 members in Alberta and over 120,000 members nationwide, a large union such as Teamsters provides support and backing to all members: locally, nationally and across North America.  The members that Teamsters 987 represent include those from t …

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