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New and Noteworthy (Dec 21, 2016)

To:          TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From:     TEAM Office
Date:       December 21, 2016
Re:          New and Noteworthy


  • TEAM Office Staff Changes:  Our Labour Relations Officer, Wesley Emerson, is retiring from TEAM.  We wish him well and thank him for the great work he has done for us over the past four years.  Taking over his duties will be Erin Spencer.  Erin has been TEAM’s Labour Relations Analyst since 2009, and has been an active advocate for union members since 2006.
  • Collective Agreement:  The new booklets will be distributed in January.  The online and PDF versions are available here.
  • IFPTE weighs in on Bill to revise rules governing Defined Benefit Pension Plans:  In October, the Liberal government introduced Bill C-27, “An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985”. The MTS DB Pension Plan is covered by this Act, and as such, this Bill raises concerns for active members and retirees.  The IFPTE has written the Minister of Finance voicing some of these concerns.  TEAM’s legal counsel is reviewing the Bill and will advise on any potential for impact on our members.  In the New Year we will be asking for your participation in our lobbying efforts to have the Bill amended where our pensions could be put at risk if the Bill is enacted in its current form.


  • Holiday Coverage:  The office will be closed between Christmas and New Year.  We reopen January 3, 2017.  For immediate assistance during the break you may contact the TEAM President, Misty Hughes-Newman at 204-941-5338 or Vice-President Mike Taylor at 204-799-8161.  We will also be checking our main phone voicemail and email account (team@teamunion.mb.ca) periodically; all urgent matters will be addressed.

 The TEAM and IFPTE office staff wish you and your family
the best of the Season and a Happy New Year

TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
204-984-9470 or 1-877-984-9470