Gate Gourmet Canada has cut off the medical benefits for most employees supporting the Pearson International Airport location. The Union representing these workers, who were laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, criticizes the Gate Gourmet for their decision and their lack of support for employees and their families during this difficult time.
The Teamsters Canada Foundation donated $5,000 to Provision Compassion last Tuesday. The president of Teamsters Canada and the Teamsters Canada Foundation, François Laporte, as well as the president of Teamsters Québec, Alain Michaud, presented the cheque.
Right from the start of the coronavirus outbreak, there have been waves of accolades for nurses, personal care workers, cashiers, and workers in other trades – and rightly so. One blind spot in our collective view of the situation, though, has been the necessary but unnoticed contribution, every day, by men and women truck drivers.
Transportation workers are the backbone of our economy and are essential to delivering food and medical supplies across the country. It’s a job made even more crucial by the current crisis; you went as far as to thank “delivery folks, […] truck drivers, train conductors and so many others” during your press conference on Sunday.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the contribution of truck drivers to the well-being of all Canadians has been, more than ever, invaluable. Without them, the economy would have almost completely ceased to function and chaos would have quickly taken hold in our cities and countryside.
Today, the Teamsters Canada Foundation donated $20,000 to Moisson Québec. The president of Teamsters Canada and of the Teamsters Canada Foundation, François Laporte, as well as the president of Teamsters Québec, Alain Michaud, presented the cheque.
We are experiencing an unprecedented global health threat that is affecting our economies, our social lives and our physical well being. As Teamster women, you are the ones on the front lines working to ensure that others are taken care of both in the workplace and at home. I want you to know that I stand with you, as do all your Teamster sisters in the U.S.