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The Best Way to Engage With Your Labour Union

Teamsters 987 business agents know the ins and outs of not only the union but also your industry workplace. They can advocate for you and negotiate on your behalf, affecting real change in your workplace. When problems arise, they support your Shop Steward in reviewing the facts and then engage with your employer to settle […]

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Our Top Tips for Teamsters 987 Shop Stewards

A Teamsters 987 Shop Steward’s job is to lead, organize, and educate within their workplace. You are the first point of contact whenever an employee has an issue with their supervisor. You are a representative for the union on the job and a leader within your workplace. You work on behalf of union members to […]

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How Can Alberta Labour Unions Help Part-Time Employees?

If you’re having trouble finding a full-time job or balancing work with your home life, working part-time could be a good option for you.  Unfortunately, part-time workers are not adequately protected by provincial or federal labour laws, compared to those who work full-time. Teamsters 987 can support and help you with some of the biggest […]

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What Are Some Common Myths about Alberta Labour Unions?

Despite the criticism and negative perception unions receive, labour unions in Alberta have made a positive difference in the communities and industries that they serve. Alberta labour unions help workers organize and make important decisions about issues impacting their work life, such as wages, benefits, pensions, and schedules. In fact, it was the work of […]

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How Does Your Physical Appearance at Work Impact You?

Two very important questions must be answered when it comes to determining the weight of physical appearance in the workplace: “Do looks matter in the workplace?” and “Should looks matter in the workplace?” There are many physical characteristics that can distinguish people, such as height, weight, gender, race, hair color, tattoos, piercings, etc. Unfortunately, workers […]

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What Is the Process of Joining a Union?

Forming an Alberta labour union can seem a bit scary and takes a lot of hard work, but it’s easier than you think. The unionizing process takes patience, persistence, perseverance, and most importantly, the backing of a team and a family. If you’re thinking about organizing your workplace, this is what the process generally looks […]

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Understanding Racism in the Workplace

BIPOC Canadians: Canadians who are Black, Indigenous, or people of colour, experience racial discrimination regularly. And it’s not unusual for BIPOC community members to still experience racism in the workplace. Awareness needs to be raised about the discrimination workers face, along with concrete steps to eliminate racial discrimination. How does racial discrimination impact employees? Racial […]

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What is Employment Equity?

Employment equity is a term that is often misunderstood. We wanted to take some time to explain what employment equity in Canada really means and discuss its current status. What is employment equity? The Employment Equity Act, we know today, was implemented in 1995 for the sole purpose of achieving equality in the Canadian workplace […]

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Job Security in the age of the Automation

What does automation mean for the future of work? Though it may be hard to predict the future in many areas of life, with work, we can know almost for certain that automation is coming our way. As technology advances, there are many types of jobs that may be at risk of major change, such […]

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How Unions Can Help Workers Reskill for the Future

In the age of information and technology, it can sometimes feel like the world around us is changing at the speed of light. While some innovations have made our lives so much easier, there have also been developments that can cause worry for workers as companies and workplaces evolve, leaving them wondering whether their skills […]

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