Merger between the Teamsters and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees
The merger between the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE - Canadian Pacific) and the Canadian Teamsters is about to be completed. The BMWE will soon be part of Teamsters Canada under the name of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way Employees. In fact, an application for union certification was filed by the Teamsters.
Its a memorable day for the Maintenance of Way Employees and for the Canadian Teamsters, said Robert Bouvier, Teamsters Canada President, and one of the people who masterminded this project. With this merger about to be concluded with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, the Teamsters will soon represent a significant part of the railway transport industry.
Henceforth, all members in this great industry will have a strong voice that will allow them to be heard loud and clear when its time to negotiate with their Employers, added François Laporte, Director, Public Relations and Government Affairs at Teamsters Canada.
Ken Deptuck, Vice President BMWE, is pleased with the Teamsters merger. We are convinced that this alliance will have a very positive impact on our members. The Rail Conference will not only enjoy its own autonomy, but will be controlled by the members and for the members of the railway transport industry.
Robert Bouvier would like to especially thank everybody who made this merger possible. Several BMWE and Teamsters leaders, members and employees have worked very hard to make a success of this project and I would like to thank them warmly.
In conclusion, it is to be mentioned that the BMWE represents close to 3,000 members to be added to Teamsters Canada 105,000 members.
Teamsters Canada is a labour organization representing more than 108,000 members in Canada alone. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which we are affiliated with, represents 1.5 million members across North America.
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