Q and A at the
NO, it is not part of the contract with your employer, the very same as we had to cross the RCTC picket lines.
YES, as we have enjoyed previously. This is something the UTU does not have.
FALSE, Teamsters represent a diverse work force, the majority of which are couriers such as UPS. They also represent Airline, police and factory workers as well as truckers.
The BLE approached several Unions and felt the Teamsters were the best choice. 1.5 million members offer security and pooled resources in times of need.
The UTU has cost the BLE over 15 million dollars defending raid attempts plus UTU international promotes Belt Pack operations which are not conducive to safety or the best interests of the BLE member.
Why not just BLE
It would be possible to operate as a Canadian entity but we need to focus our energies on the daily issues of the members and not spending the memberís money and potentially bankrupting the BLE defending against raids from other unions. Joining a large affiliate gives us this security.
∑ If we join the Teamsters will the CCROU be disbanded?
The BLE or the Teamsters affiliation will not affect our involvement in the CCROU.
∑ Who will be the BLE representatives after we join with the Teamsters?
The elected BLE representatives and Divisions will operate as before.
∑ Some Teamster contracts with trucking companies limit traffic by rail. Is it a good idea to align with a union that promotes trucking over rail?
Truckers haul about 10% of all goods transported across the country. The railways haul the rest. Our biggest competitor is CN and other railways, not the truckers. On a relevant basis, we stand to lose more jobs through the promotion of belt packs than anywhere else.
∑ What happens if we join the Teamsters and for whatever reasons feel the fit isnít working?
We have 2 years to back out of the affiliation with the Teamsters; it is part of the agreement.
When do we vote?
Ballots go out
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