Toronto, October 30, 2017 – Teamsters Local Union 419 and Inkas Security Group reached a tentative agreement at 2:30 am. The company’s 80 armoured car drivers and guards in Toronto had gone on strike at midnight, but returned to work as soon as parties came to an agreement.
Local Union 419 will present the tentative agreement to members and hold a ratification vote. Members must vote to ratify the tentative agreement before it can come into force. Out of respect, the union will not publicly release details of the agreement until its members have had a chance to see them first.
Workers at Inkas joined Teamsters Local Union 419 in June 2017. They had been attempting to negotiate their first collective agreement since July 5, 2017. Safety was the Teamsters’ top priority at the bargaining table, along with wages and working conditions.
“Thank God we choose the Teamsters to lead us,” said Adil Khan, Inkas shop steward and member of the bargaining committee. “The experience of Teamsters Local Union 419 helped us get through our first negotiations.”
“It was great to have Teamsters Local Union 419 looking out for our safety and putting us first,” added Alex Lall, also an Inkas shop steward and member of the bargaining committee.
Teamsters represent 2,000 armoured car guards in Canada, making it the largest union in the industry. For security reasons, the union will not provide details on the safety problems facing these workers. Criminals could use the information to plan attacks and robberies.
Teamsters Canada represents 125,000 members in Canada in all industries. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
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