Monday marked the opening day of Teamsters Canada’s 12th convention and Teamster members from across the country representing every local union and joint conference were in attendance. It was a historic event as delegates voted unanimously to create a position for women on the Teamsters Canada Executive Board.

General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall and Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies were in attendance on this first day. “The slogan of our convention, ‘Our members, our strength’ is very important. It’s our members who make the union. And we will need their strength in the times ahead as we face business leaders who are promoting an anti-worker agenda,” said Francois Laporte, the President of Teamsters Canada, as he opened the convention.