Calgary delivery drivers vote to unionize

The more than 30 drivers voted to join Local 401 of the United Food & Commercial Workers.

Last week, Local 401 of the United Food and Commercial Workers announced that delivery drivers employed with TForce had recently voted in favour of joining their local.

Back in May, Local 401 applied for union certification on behalf of the 32 workers working out of TForce’s Calgary location.

The Texas-based shipping company also has a Canadian headquarters in Ontario, as well as offices in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer.

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The next step is for the workers to put together a bargaining team and to start negotiating their first contract.

The UFCW has some big shoes to fill. The Teamsters union represents TForce workers in the United States and just won a huge new contract this summer for its members.

According to Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters general president and chair of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee in the United States, their new “contract contains zero concessions, only gains”.

Over 80% of Teamsters members working for TForce in the USA voted in favour of their new 5-year contract, which a Teamsters media release said includes “the highest wage increases in the history of the national contract.”

Hopefully TForce workers here can see similar improvements.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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