Monday marked the opening day of Teamsters Canada’s 12th convention and Teamster members from across the country representing every local union and joint conference were in attendance. It was a historic event as delegates voted unanimously to create a position for women on the Teamsters Canada Executive Board.
General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall and Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies were in attendance on this first day. “The slogan of our convention, ‘Our members, our strength’ is very important. It’s our members who make the union. And we will need their strength in the times ahead as we face business leaders who are promoting an anti-worker agenda,” said Francois Laporte, the President of Teamsters Canada, as he opened the convention.
General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall congratulated delegates on creating a position for women on the Teamsters Canada Executive Board. “We need to include everyone, all of our members, and I want to thank you for leading by example by creating of an executive board member to represent female members of Teamsters Canada,” he said.
During his speech, Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President, spoke about how he admires Canadians since Justin Trudeau’s government repealed the Conservatives’ anti-union laws and restored card check. “We organized 35,000 people last year, but can you imagine what that number would have been if we had had card check? We are fighting to get there. The war on workers continues in the U.S., but we are a strong union and we will fight.”
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