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Robert J. Kornhass 1967-2014

 

It is with the deepest regret that we must inform you that Brother Robert (Bobby) J. Kornhass, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 464, died at his home on Friday, July 11th.

Bobby’s death was sudden and caught everyone by surprise and we are all deeply saddened by his passing.

 After a number of years working at Dairyland, Bobby was first elected into office in 2001 as a Business Agent, a turbulent time for the Local Union.  Always capable and  energetic, Bobby endured a 10 week strike at The Original Cakerie and gave his all to the cause, eventually winning a good contract and endearing himself to theworkers  there.  He moved to the Secretary-Treasurer position in 2006 by acclamation and remained in that position until his death.

 As well as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 464, Bobby served as Secretary-Treasurer on Joint Council 36, Assistant Dairy Director for Canada and was a member of the  Teamsters Canada National Executive Board.  He was also a Retirement Committee member with the Teamsters Canadian Pension Plan.

 Those who knew Bobby are aware of his ability to connect with individuals and to make each person feel special.  For all who worked with him, especially his best friends  and colleagues Bob Ryder, Paul Barton and Lori Joyce, he will be dearly missed – a hole has been left in our hearts. 

 Bobby leaves behind his mother and step father, Shireen and Ron Douglas; his father, Ernie Kornhass; his sister and brother-in-law, Suzie and Keith; and his two  nieces, whom he absolutely adored and doted on, Julia and Isabella.  He was just 47 years of age.

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discussion on matters involving the members, contract negotiations and our
Local.“ 

- Bruce Tillapaugh –Shop Steward. Island Farms, Victoria

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 there when we brought the Union in. The first-time contract they won for us was unbelievable. It changed the quality of my life. I am now a Shop Steward and enjoy working with my Union and looking after my fellow workers. "

- Paul Landrecht - Shop Steward. Island Farms Dairy.