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Paul Barton

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Brother Paul has been a Teamster since 1991. Having been employed in both the dairy and bakery industries serves him well in his role as Secretary-Treasurer with Local 464.  

Paul has worked as a truck driver, production worker, machine operator, warehouseman, checker/loader, automated warehouse operator, etc. In the work place he has acted as a Shop Steward, an advocate for his fellow workers and a Union activist. He first became a Business-Representative in 2002, President in 2014, and Secretary-Treasurer in April of 2015.

Paul currently sits as a Trustee with the Teamsters Canada Pension Plan and Chair's the Dairy Division Retirement Committee.

He also acts as Teamsters Canada's Assistant Dairy Director in support of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' Dairy Conference. 

With a great interest in workplace safety, Paul served as the sole labour representative on the Board of Directors through the formative years of a provincial safety board: the Food Industry Occupational Safety Association (FIOSA). FIOSA has gone on to become the preeminent occupational safety organization in all of British Columbia, if not the nation. The work the Association does impacts not only our Local but all workers in British Columbia. 

In addition to his time with FIOSA, Paul has volunteered in many other areas: he is a long-serving volunteer and co-chair of the Teamsters Committee with Variety - the Children’s Charity; spent numerous years as a youth soccer coach and served on the Club’s Executive; served as a community volunteer with several organizations and events. 

Contact Paul team464admin@telus.net

Testimonial

For 35 years I have been a Teamster and a Dairyworker, I was a young kid needing a job in tough economic times. I found a place to work and make a living, I learned to work together with others having varying and different backgrounds than my own.

Much has changed for me personally and professionally, I got married to my beautiful wife of almost 25 years and we have raised two amazing children, both of whom are presently studying abroad. Both of my children were recipients of Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Funding.

So much of my success I can credit to having a well paying union job. The Teamsters have been a great union for me, negotiating strong collective agreements that held good wage and benefit packages as well as the cornerstone beliefs of seniority and workers’ rights. The Teamsters gave me a good wage and a voice.

I have always been an active Teamster, and now I sit on Local 464's Executive Board.

There can be a great degree of personal feelings when the word union is mentioned, but so often I look at professional associations and realize the name may be different, but the thought is the same...strength in numbers.

As I get toward the end of my career, I look forward to the thought of receiving the Teamsters Canada Pension Plan, and I am so grateful for the belief others had before me that Teamsters deserved a good and decent retirement...thank you.

Drew


- Drew Speirs

"I was employed for many years at a Teamster company that was shut down due to the economy. Because of my age, I was worried about starting over. Bobby, Bob and Paul not only negotiated a much better severance package than was in the contract, but they also went the extra mile and got me on at one of their other companies with an even better contract.They continued to help me even though it wasn't their job to."

- Armando Borean

"I was a Shop Steward and was also on the contract negotiation team. The Union took the time and trouble to learn all about our industry and what we do. This means they are better able to fight for us whether it is on the job or at the bargaining table. We have the best contract in our industry. Thanks guys!"

- Gerald Price - Agrifoods