Teamsters continue to advocate on behalf of our Members, acknowledging Local 91 represents thousands of essential workers in the courier, freight, rail, care home and warehousing industries to name a few. Here is an exerpt from a letter Teamsters Canada forwarded to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization on behalf of our Members:
Dear Dr. Quach-Thanh,
.... there are a number of other workers who have continued to risk their health and that of their families during this pandemic by continuing to serve Canadians and running the railways and delivering our goods to hospitals, businesses and homes. In fact, they are hauling the vaccines themselves and therefore play a crucial role in the supply chain on the road to recovery from this pandemic. They have not neglected their duties to us and we must not neglect our duty to protect them.
I understand how difficult it must be to balance the seemingly diverging and numerous needs and respond to the demands and pressures you must be under. Our members are not only essential because they serve in the public interest, but they also ensure that our economy does not collapse in the process.
Therefore, by way of this letter, I formally implore you to ensure that railway workers, truck drivers, couriers and those supporting their work in the warehouses and sorting centres, are among the essential workers at the top of the priority list for immunization as soon as possible.