Passing of Tom Keegel

C. Thomas “Tom” Keegel, General Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 following a lengthy illness. Keegel served as the union’s general secretary-treasurer from 1999 until 2012.

Passing of Jim Johnston, an Alberta Teamster

Brother Johnston was a true Teamster. He was born in Ontario in 1932 and moved to Alberta in 1956, at the age of 24 along with his three brothers. He quickly found work as a driver for Prairie Pacific Trucking – and boy was a real trucker...
Lionel Dorais, right, at the Teamsters Canada Convention in the '90s.

Passing of Lionel Dorais

I was saddened to learn today that Brother Lionel Dorais, President of Local Union 1999 from 2000 to 2004, has passed away. He was 81 years old.
Denise Kennedy-Thompson

Passing of Sister Denise Kennedy-Thompson

Within our ranks, she will be remembered as a ferocious believer in the union, an embodiment of the true Teamster spirit; a funny, loving, and beautiful soul who will be deeply missed by all those she touched...

Teamsters remember Lac-Mégantic

Seven years ago today, a terrible tragedy occurred in Lac-Mégantic. A train with 72 tank cars carrying 7.7 million litres of oil derailed and destroyed the downtown core of this small town in the Eastern Townships, killing 47 people.

Passing of Aline Lachapelle, a Pioneer of our Union

I was saddened to learn this week that Sister Aline Lachapelle, former president of Teamsters Local Union 1998, passed away. She was the first woman to become president of a Teamster local union in Canada.

Fatal Accident at CN in British Columbia

A Canadian National (CN) conductor was fatally injured yesterday afternoon while working just outside of a rail yard in Prince Rupert, B.C. The worker was a man in his thirties who had been with the company since 2018. His name is not being released.

We Will Never Forget

Eight years ago today, tragedy struck our sisters and brothers at G4S. While performing a routine cash service at the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall, Travis Baumgartner fatally shot three of his coworkers, Eddie Rejano, Brian Ilesic and Michelle Shegelski. A fourth, Matthew Schuman, was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds to the head.

Fatal Accident at Greater Vancouver Terminal

Sadly, we received the news yesterday that Brother Jasvinder Riar, while at work as a Yard Conductor in Thornton Yard in the Greater Vancouver Terminal, was fatally injured in the performance of his duties.

Remembering Brother Val Neal

We learned with regret and sadness that Brother Val Neal passed away from COVID-19 a few days ago.