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Right-to-work

Right-to-work

WHAT ARE RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS?

They are...

  • Takes away your weekends, free time, vacations
  • Offers low quality minimum wage jobs
  • Reduces social benefits
  • Takes away fair working conditions
  • Undermines trade unions

Right-to-work is a concept and right-to-work laws derive from them. The concept covers everything that undermines workers directly or indirectly.

First of all the name “right-to-work” is deceiving. These laws are promoted by political leaders and legislators as ‘good’ and ‘progressive’, when in fact they are NOT. They reflect the interests of anti-union groups, right-wing opinion leaders, banks and greedy corporations that ultimately want to destroy and undermine trade unions. Trade unions are progressive organizations that constantly fight to maintain social rights, equality and benefits for Canadian workers.

 

 

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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 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
- Dave S