The statistics don’t lie. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the annual cost of mental illness nationally is $51 billion, with one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health issue in their lives.
In several sectors of the transportation industry, fatigue lowers productivity, creates risks to public safety, and undermines workers’ health. The next federal government will need to set reliable, evidence-based rules that are not dictated by business.
The biggest upheavals in the labour market since the Industrial Revolution are automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. According to some analysts, robotics could wipe out nearly 40% of jobs over the next few decades.
In theory, a woman who works in a federally-regulated industry governed by the Canada Labour Code has the right to refuse dangerous work. For example, a pregnant or nursing worker should be able to stop work if she considers that continuing to perform her regular duties may constitute a risk to her health or her baby’s.
As president of Teamsters Canada, I encourage all members of our union to go out and vote. Our democracy depends on it, and so do the interests of all Teamsters and workers. Politicians simply don’t listen to those who can’t be bothered to take 20 minutes to cast a ballot on October 21 or on any of the advance polling days.
“BECAUSE OF ALL THE SISTERS IN THIS ROOM, THE TEAMSTERS ARE A STRONG UNION.”
And we’re off! The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Women’s Conference began this morning in Montreal, the French-speaking capital of North America. On this morning’s agenda: workshops on bargaining, TITAN, interpreting and enforcing a work contract, and organizing.
The 2019 Teamsters Women’s Conference kicked off today in Montreal. Over 1,200 Teamsters from across North America are in town for the three-day annual event, which provides the opportunity for empowerment and education for women in our union.
More than 1,000 Teamster sisters from all over North America are currently converging on Montreal to attend the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Women’s Conference. Our sisters of Quebec’s local unions are also attending in great numbers. Welcome to the French-speaking capital of North America!