You have the right to a respectful workplace. You have the right to a fair wage. You have the right to job security. You have the right to a pension and to health insurance. You have the right to join the Teamsters.
Once you have a Collective Agreement in place as a member of Teamsters Union Local 855, your employer must honour those rights laid out in the Agreement.
In order for Local 855 to help you negotiate with your employer, you and your co-workers need to be Certified by the Labour Board as a Bargaining Unit. To be recognized as a Bargaining Unit you need the support of 51 percent of non-management co-workers. We can help.
If you have ANY questions about any stage of this process, contact us. Please remember that you have our 100% support all the way.
We are here for you.
Company can be any size, big or small—as long as 51% of the employees sign a Membership Application Card they can join a union.
Your union dues cost less than your daily coffee. To calculate how much your monthly union dues will be, multiply your hourly rate by 2.5.
For example, if you make $20.00 per hour then your monthly dues are $50.00. Dues are a tax deduction. If you are on layoff, WCB or Group Insurance you can request a Withdrawal Card which waives your dues while you are off.
You are protected by the Canadian Labour Code, NL Labour Relations Act and the Human Rights Act. But to take advantage of your legal right to organize you must begin this work on your own time away from your employer’s property.
As you begin to organize, you are protected by Section 149 of the Labour Relations Code. That section makes it illegal for an employer to bully an employee “by intimidation, dismissal, threat of dismissal or any other kind of threat.” Your employer is also prohibited from asking any employee’s opinion on organizing. If your employer violates any terms of this Code, Teamsters Local 855 can help you.
Depending on the industry, you work in, and the terms we negotiate, the length of your Agreement will vary.
For example, it might be for a specific numbers of years (determined through the negotiation process) or, in the case of Special Projects Agreements in construction, it would be for the duration or completion of that Project.
Through Collective Bargaining we negotiate better wages, seniority and benefits for all members. We police the terms of your Agreement and, when necessary, grieve and arbitrate Employer violations. We obtain professional legal advice respecting your Collective Agreement and have access to a Worker Compensation specialist, if you require assistance with your WCB Claim.
Your rights and labour protection
Canada’s Federal and Provincial labour laws and regulations offer a minimum to protect employees. They establish basic rights and set limitations on how employers can treat workers. The Teamsters provide more than just these basic rights. And we strive to collectively and continuously improve your working conditions.
In your workplace you are protected by a Contract signed between your Teamsters Union Local and the Company. The terms of the Contract ensure that labour laws are followed, and that your advantages and benefits are protected. These rights are negotiated into your written Contract called the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Improvements in the CBA may include:
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Teamsters Union Local 855 represents a diverse workforce across Newfoundland and Labrador. We believe in equality, fair wages, and job satisfaction. These can only be achieved through unity, respectful dialogue and open negotiations. We are active on the front line of labour rights at the local, regional, national, and international levels, pushing for better laws and policies to protect and promote the rights of workers.