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The Teamsters and Variety – A Long Lasting Friendship

BC’s Teamsters have been associated with Variety almost since its inception.  Starting in 1966, the Teamsters Union began providing volunteers from within its membership to support Variety’s Show of Hearts Telethon in many ways.  

Back in the early days that may have meant helping to carry children and their wheelchairs up and down the stairs backstage of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, or ensuring the local band trying to find the stage in the wee hours of the morning didn’t end up getting locked outside because they were about to use the rear exit door.

Today, over 100 Teamster members and their families volunteer annually to help this amazing charity during telethon weekend.  Also, Variety – the Children’s Charity is the charity of choice for BC Teamsters, with Teamsters Joint Council 36 raising money through its annual Golf Tournament and other endeavours.  Teamsters Joint Council No. 36 donated more than $10,000 for this worthy cause in 2016. 


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Testimonial

"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

"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 have been a member of Teamsters Local 464 for 23 years and have seen many of the executives come and go. Some of the previous executives nearly ran the Local into bankruptcy including losing our pension.  Bobby Kornhass, Bob Ryder and Paul Barton brought us back from the brink. Since they took over in 2000, we at Dairyland (Saputo) have had the best contracts I have seen since I have been there."

- Randy Onyschak