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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 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, 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

New Year New You: 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

Mental health support in the workplace: let’s make it 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

Free Trade Vs. Fair Trade. What are the differences 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

How You Can Become a Workplace Safety Champion

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

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

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’S IN A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING 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

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

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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