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Real Life, Worker Rights
November 13, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Not doing the job you signed up for?

Have you ever been in a position where you’re repeatedly given tasks outside your job description? You’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for an employee to get hired for one thing and end up doing another, so here are some things you can do if you are cu …

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Real Life, health
November 5, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How to overcome your fear of failure

Most people fear failure, it’s a very common and very human fear to have. However, when that fear prevents you from moving forward in your career, realizing your potential, or generally excelling in your life, it may be time to take a closer look at ho …

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Real Life
November 1, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

5 tips for holiday shopping on a budget

The Christmas season is right around the corner, and while this should be a time of relaxation and recuperation, for most of us, it’s one of the most stressful times of the year. But this doesn’t have to be the case. With a little bit of planning, you …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
October 22, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Culture vs. compensation: employees shouldn’t have to choose

At Teamsters 987, we will always believe that compensating employees fairly should be a top priority for employers, but right up there among the list of top priorities should also be fostering a positive workplace culture. Current studies have revealed …

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Labour Union
October 16, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Youth education: we need to do better

It is an incredibly common occurrence for workers’ rights to be neglected, and as workers continue to be taken advantage of by their employers, it has become evident that employees must be better equipped with resources to defend themselves in the work …

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Gender Equality, Safety, Worker Rights
October 9, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

What counts as workplace sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unfortunately one of the biggest workplace issues faced by workers every single day. In fact, roughly 22% of Canadians have experienced sexual harassment in their place of work. But it isn’t always as easy to identify as it may see …

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Lifestyle, Real Life
October 1, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

6 Time management tips for better productivity

Do you ever go through an entire workday and by the time the day is over you feel like you haven’t really accomplished anything? Or how about when you have a laundry list of things to do around the house, but by the time you get home from work you’re j …

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Worker Rights
September 24, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Your privacy in the workplace

Between our phones, smartwatches and laptops, it’s becoming easier and easier to monitor and track what an individual does every single day. But these tools and applications don’t just affect our home lives, they affect our lives at work as well. For t …

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News
September 17, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Will the legalization of cannabis actually affect our workplace?

On October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana will officially be legal in Canada. Since the vote in favour of Bill C – 45, The Cannabis act, many conversations have been stirring regarding how this new federal law might affect our workplaces. We wanted t …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights, health
September 10, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

3 Things to do if You’re not Happy With a Work Assignment

Whether this is a regular occurrence for you or you’re experiencing it for the first time now, being assigned a job you’re not happy with can be a frustrating experience. While doing things we don’t like to do is a perfectly normal function of being an …

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health
September 5, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

5 Tips for a Healthier Workday

Between vacations and patio beers, summer isn’t necessarily the healthiest season for many of us. As we settle into a new fall season, there’s no time like the present to get back on track and establish some healthy habits. Here are 5 simple things to …

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Labour Union, Real Life
August 20, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Not performing well at work? Here’s what you can do

Regardless of who you are, performing poorly at work can easily take toll on your self esteem. Whether you received a bad performance review or you just know you haven’t been doing well at work, here are some steps you can take. Ask yourself ‘what’? Wh …

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Lifestyle, Real Life, health
August 13, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Feeling overworked? Take these 4 simple steps

Burnouts typically happen for one major reason – you’re working too much and lacking balance. Common signs of a burnout are decreased motivation, exhaustion, constant frustration, increased irritability, trouble focusing, and difficulty remembering thi …

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health
August 7, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Are our workplaces killing us?

The consequences of poor mental health are by no means minor. In fact, mental illnesses have a way of affecting every area of our lives, from our performance at work to our relationships at home. And it gets far more serious than that. The number of de …

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Events
July 27, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

6 free activities to do with your kids in Edmonton this August

We’re halfway through summer, and while the kids may feel that their holiday is flying by, you may not feel the same way. Keeping the kids entertained all summer long can be draining on both your body and your bank account. Here are 6 fun and completel …

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Labour Union
July 23, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How unions benefit society

Contrary to popular belief, unions are not designed to only benefit the worker. In fact, unions have proven time and time again to benefit surrounding communities in many ways. Here are 5 ways that unions help our society thrive. Unions help drive econ …

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Gender Equality, Worker Rights
July 16, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How tipping is hurting workers in the restaurant industry

The restaurant industry is full of sexual harassment occurrences, but it wasn’t until the #MeToo movement that this was really brought to the surface. More and more restaurant workers seem to be coming forward with stories that indicate sexual harassme …

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Labour Union
July 9, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How Labour Unions Benefit Employers

Many employers are still rejecting the concept of unions. Fearful that unions will decrease the level of control they have over their workers, employers often claim that unions are far too costly and offer no benefit to their organization. Although man …

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Events, Lifestyle, Real Life
June 28, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

10 Free activities to do with your kids in Calgary this summer

It’s that time of year again! School’s out, the kids are restless, and you only have so many resources to keep them entertained. Don’t despair! Keeping the kids busy this summer doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 10 completely free activities you …

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Real Life, health
June 25, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

3 Ways to Get Excited About Work Again

Starting a new job is alway somewhat exciting. But after years, or in some cases, decades of working for the same company, things can feel quite mundane, and it’s not at all uncommon to then feel unmotivated at work. Here are 3 simple ways you can get …

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Events, Labour Union, News
June 18, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Is LLC the Right Place for You

Have you considered getting more involved with Teamsters 987? Are you interested in learning more about the labour movement in Canada and developing skills to help you become a better advocate for workers’ rights? If your answer to these questions is ‘ …

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Real Life
June 11, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How Socializing at Work can Benefit you

Many of us purposefully separate work life from the rest of our lives, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re all about a good work life balance, which can sometimes mean drawing a clear line between work relationships and personal relationships. B …

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News, Safety
June 4, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Three Things to Take Away from the Rising Trend of Violent Attacks

Between the countless school shootings in the U.S. and other violent crimes such as the Toronto Van Attack, it seems that now more than ever, violence and hate are trending. Although these issues may seem far removed from us, they are not, and here are …

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Diversity, Worker Rights
May 29, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How Refugees Benefit the Workplace

Since 2015, almost 50,000 refugees have come to live in Canada. After escaping war torn homes, enduring a lengthy application process, and leaving loved-ones behind, many refugees still struggle to find adequate work and live a quality life in Canada. …

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Labour Union
May 25, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

The unionizing process

For those that are unfamiliar with the process, unionizing your workplace can seem like an extremely daunting task. Don’t get us wrong, it’s hard work and requires a lot of diligence, but it’s simpler than you may think. If you’re thinking about organi …

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Diversity, Worker Rights
May 10, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How to deal with ageism in the workplace

Whether you’re working in an industry that is drastically changing due to technology or you’re surrounded by young, eager millennials, being an older worker comes with its fair share of challenges. All too often, the ideas of older workers are pushed t …

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News, Real Life
May 4, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

What the 2018 federal budget says about Canada

At the end of February, Canada’s federal budget was announced. With the government focused on equal pay, pharmacare and bettering quality of life for Indigenous peoples, we were generally pleased with the announcement. The 2018 federal budget is titled …

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Diversity, Gender Equality, Worker Rights
April 30, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Are you the only woman on your team? Here’s what you should know

There’s no doubt that there are still many industries dominated by men. In fact, in the transportation and warehousing industry, the ratio of male to female workers stands at 5 to 1 in Canada. And in the construction industry, the ratio is 10 to 1 (Cat …

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Real Life
April 23, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How to respectfully confront a coworker

There are several reasons why you may need to call out a coworker. Perhaps they said something offensive, did something to create a hostile work environment, or maybe they unintentionally made a mistake. Whatever the reason, confronting a colleague can …

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Labour Union
April 11, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

I’ve joined a union, now what?

Many people think that unions only have true value when you’re facing a workplace crisis, which may leave a lot of union members feeling as if they need to wait until something bad happens before they can engage with their union. This couldn’t be furth …

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News, Safety, health
April 5, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Bill 30: What it’s about and how it could help you

Bill 30 was introduced at the end of last year and is set to come into effect June 1, 2018. This bill is ultimately designed to keep workers safe – both physically and mentally – and to ensure their quality of life is better protected. Here’s a summary …

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News, Real Life, Worker Rights
March 29, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

The Sharing Economy: Helping or Hurting?

Sharing economy is more-or-less defined as a business model that allows consumers to share access to goods or services that were previously only available through regulated industries. Sharing economy is a rapidly growing trend that has drastically cha …

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Lifestyle, Real Life
March 22, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Made a mistake at work? Here’s how you recover

Mistakes happen, and regardless of what industry you’re in or what your job description is, it never feels good to mess up at work. Making a mistake at work can be especially upsetting if you are a newer employee or hoping for a promotion, but it’s how …

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Diversity, Real Life
March 17, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Don’t Fit In At Work? Here’s What you can do

Not fitting in at work may seem like a insignificant problem, but it’s not at all. Feeling comfortable among your colleagues greatly contributes to a positive work environment, so if you’re feeling like you don’t fit in, here are some things you can do …

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Diversity, Worker Rights
March 13, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Being Differently Abled At Work

For far too long, the term ‘disabled’ has been used to describe a person without the same abilities as the ‘average person’. With this term, we’ve unintentionally labelled so many individuals as ‘less than’ and ‘inferior,’ and have gone on to treat the …

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Labour Union, News, Worker Rights
March 9, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Is your workplace compliant?

Alberta’s labour law changes have been the topic of conversation for quite some time. Now that these changes have been in effect for a couple months, employers are fully responsible for ensuring they understand the changes and are fully compliant with …

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Labour Union, Safety, Worker Rights
March 7, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Injured at work? These are your rights and responsibilities

Work-related injuries are far more common than we’d like them to be. The reality is, it happens, and when a worker is hurt on the job, someone has to pay for it; luckily, it doesn’t have to be the worker. As an employee in Alberta, you have rights if y …

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Diversity, health
February 23, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

How to Deal with Workplace Gossip

It may seem like a juvenile issue, but the truth is, gossip happens at all ages even within the most sophisticated organizations, and it’s not without its consequences. Workplace gossip can be a major contributor to a negative work environment, which c …

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Real Life, Worker Rights
February 20, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Constructive Dismissal: What it is and Why it Matters

Constructive dismissal occurs when an employee resigns due to a breach of contract by the employer or a hostile work environment. If an employee feels somewhat forced to resign because an employer has failed to hold up their end of the bargain or has c …

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Labour Union, News, Worker Rights
February 6, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Alberta Labour Law Changes Part 2: What it Means For Employees in 2018

Last year, the Alberta Labour Code underwent a much-needed review, and as of January 1st, 2018, some changes to our labour laws have come into effect.  Here’s a summary of the Labour Code changes regarding workers’ rights around leave. Please note, all …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
January 26, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

When to Join a Union

Many people wait until they’re unhappy at work or until they lose their jobs before thinking about joining a union, but this shouldn’t be the case. You can be perfectly happy at your place of work but still be in a position where joining a union is nec …

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Business, Real Life
January 19, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

8 Resume Tips for 2018

A new year tends to get a lot of people thinking about how they can improve themselves, whether personally or professionally. So we thought we’d help. Whether you’re actively looking for a new job, or just want to be prepared when a great opportunity c …

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News, Worker Rights
January 6, 2018
By Tomi Ajele

Alberta Labour Law Changes Part 1: What it Means for Employees in 2018

Early last year, Alberta Labour Labour Laws were reviewed in order to modernize codes that had not been updated in almost 30 years. Change was necessary, and although our labour laws aren’t perfect, we were pleased to see our government taking action a …

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Labour Union, News
December 22, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

2017 in Review

It’s been a great year, and an eventful one at that, so we thought we’d take some time to look back at the highlights of 2017. Reflecting on the past year reminds us of just how strong we are together and what we are capable of accomplishing as a famil …

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Real Life, health
December 18, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

The words ‘work’ and ‘stress’ unfortunately go hand in hand quite often. No matter what industry you’re working in, chances are you have experienced your fair share of stress on the job. There are many different elements that contribute to a stressful …

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Family Life, Lifestyle
December 8, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Holiday Activities on a Budget

It’s the perfect time for spending days with family and enjoying the warmth of the holiday season, but between all the gift-buying and seasonal outings, the holidays can be costly. So skip the expensive shows and dive into these 8 affordable (if not, f …

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Business, Labour Union, News, Worker Rights
December 1, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Shining a light on corporate greed

It’s been all over the news for months, reminding employees all over Canada that they may not be as protected as they think. The liquidation of Sears Canada has captured the attention of the entire country and left workers and advocates absolutely floo …

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Family Life, Real Life
November 23, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Tips for finding the perfect holiday gift under $30

Between presents, parties, and travel, the holiday season is typically the time of year where your wallet takes the biggest hit. While trying to find that perfect gift for the ones you love, it can become all too easy to get carried away. Here are some …

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Real Life, Worker Rights
November 15, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Parental leave: How Canada compares

Parental leave can be a touchy subject and is treated differently in many countries. There are many ways in which Canada is leading the way for workers’ rights and many areas in which we fail to do enough. Let’s look at laws around parental leave and s …

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Events, News, Real Life, Worker Rights
November 10, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Our thoughts on the NAFTA renegotiations

It’s been all over the news and, most likely, all over your social media newsfeeds for the past couple months. The renegotiation of NAFTA has been a hot topic across North America, and for good reason. It’s a big deal. We thought we’d provide an overvi …

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Labour Union, Real Life
November 1, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Remembrance Day: Looking at Veteran Support in Canada

Remembrance day is right around the corner, and it’s important for us to take time to honour those who fought for the country we enjoy today. At Teamsters 987, we recognize the brave men and women who have risked and/or given their lives for our countr …

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Labour Union, Safety, health
October 23, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

How healthy is your workplace?

Each work environment is so different, so it’s difficult to establish one way to determine if an environment is healthy is not. There are, however, some key factors that contribute to the creation of a healthy or toxic environment. At Teamsters 987, we …

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Safety, Worker Rights, health
October 15, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

It’s time to shine a light on workplace bullying

Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: Threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting …

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Labour Union, Worker Rights
October 9, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

The strength of the brotherhood

In case you didn’t already know, Teamsters 987 and Teamsters Canada are affiliated with the larger entity that is the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Although ‘brotherhood’ is a somewhat dated term that unfortunately excludes women, its e …

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health
October 2, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Addiction treatment in the workplace

Due to stigmas and stereotypes, addictions are often seen as problems for the irresponsible or those who have ‘fallen off the wagon.’ This perception couldn’t be more wrong; addiction can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of failure or weakness but is …

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Lifestyle, Real Life
September 22, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Escaping the rut with everyday goals

Life can get redundant, and while going through the motions of eat, sleep, work, repeat, it’s easy to find yourself falling into an unforeseen rut. Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with consistency. Even though consistency can make life feel …

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Business, Labour Union
September 18, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

5 Ways to Skill Up in a Downturn

Alberta has seen some tough economic times in its past and will undoubtedly see more in the future. Various industries can be impacted in different ways during economic downturns, and workers that previously held seemingly secure positions can all of a …

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Events, Labour Union, News
September 11, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Celebrating 75 Years of Serving Albertan Workers

In 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was founded in order to improve working conditions for drivers and cargo handlers. In 114 years, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has grown into one of the most influential trade unions in a …

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Real Life, Safety, health
August 31, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Suicide prevention day

“Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.” -WSPD Se …

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Real Life, Worker Rights
August 27, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Can My Employer Force Me to Take Training Without Pay?

There have probably been times when you’ve been asked to take some training at work. For example, if you’ve just been hired at a new job, new systems have recently been introduced at your existing job, or perhaps there have been adjustments to industry …

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Family Life, Lifestyle, Real Life
August 21, 2017
By Tomi Ajele

Excellent and Free Campsites in BC

Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean camping season has to end. Our neighbour province, British Columbia, boasts beautiful weather in the fall and is home to hundreds of incredible and free campsites. Thinking of making a trip out to BC? …

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health
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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