Our History









The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) was officially founded in 1903 when two different organizations, the Teams Drivers International Union (formed in 1898) and the Teamsters National Union of America (formed in 1902) united to improve working conditions for drivers, cargo handlers and helpers.

In 1912, the history of transportation was changed forever by the first transcontinental delivery of merchandise by truck. This major new mode of transportation led to new problems and new needs. It was during these years that Teamsters Canada built its reputation as a strong, dynamic and militant union that knew how to fight for its rights.

A Period of Transition

The 1920s and 1930s were a period of great transition and growth. As it continued to expand and strengthen its base, the IBT became affiliated with the Canadian Trade and Labour Congress. In Canada, the Teamsters developed its internal organization accordingly, by adopting a concept of Joint Councils and Regional Conferences. During this time the Union continued to expand into industrial, food processing and focused in the Bakery, Dairy, Laundry and other core industries.








Our Local 647 History

Your Local is the second established Teamster Local in Canada. Established in 1934 our Local Union organized thousands of Dairy, Bakery and Caterers. Our members work in the Fluid Milk, Ice Cream, Fresh and Frozen Bakery, Margarine and Mayonnaise production and distribution, Catering and Distribution workers.

Our Local 647 has a rich history and a successful history. Our Union has built up many strong Collective Agreements and has helped build and protect good-paying middle-class jobs across Ontario.

Birth of the Canadian Conference

In 1976, the Canadian Conference of Teamsters was formed in recognition of the needs, interests and aspirations of its Canadian membership, which at the time numbered over 74,000.

In 1992, a proposal was submitted to the general executive committee to change the name “Canadian Conference of Teamsters” to “Teamsters Canada,” in recognition of the special sovereignty needs of Canadian members.

In 1994, Teamsters Canada also created its own strike fund for Canadian members. This fund is now the strongest strike fund in the labour movement.

In 1994, delegates to the Teamsters Canada Special Convention adopted changes to the union regulations, granting Teamsters Canada a greater role in administering the affairs of its members and those of Canadian unions affiliated internationally.








Teamsters Canada: An autonomous organization​

In 1995, the terms of a proposal to amend the International Constitution regarding Canadian sovereignty were negotiated, granting Teamsters Canada more independence and control over issues affecting Canadian members. To this end, an amendment was passed at the International Convention in 1996 to create the position of president of Teamsters Canada. Candidates for this position would now be elected by the Canadian membership. Other changes to the IBT Constitution have also been considered in order to recognize Canadian sovereignty.

In June 2001, a historic agreement was announced between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Teamsters Canada, resulting in entrenchment, in the union’s constitution, of autonomy for members, local sections, joint councils and the national governing body in Canada. In other words, Teamsters Canada would now be an autonomous organization, while remaining affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

In the era of globalization, given the industrial sectors in which Teamsters Canada members work, maintenance of a link with the international union was essential. At the same time, Canadian autonomy since 2001 has given our union the tools it needs to represent and defend member interests on both the national and international scenes.

Social commitments

The Teamsters Union is active not only in standing up for our members but for important social issues as well. The Teamsters make hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations every year to numerous charitable causes across the country. For example, Teamsters Canada’s Women’s Caucus provides assistance to women and children in difficulty. Another example is our Local Unions in Ontario, who lend a helping hand to underprivileged children.

Most importantly the Teamsters have helped build the middle class across all of North America. Now the Union is in a battle against Multinational corporations, to protect and advance good-paying jobs with strong benefits.


Martin Cerqua

President & Business Agent
✉️ martincerqua@teamsterslocal647.ca
☎️ 905 760 0209 ext. 101
📞 647 969 3087  

Carl Davis

✉️ carldavisteamsters647@outlook.com
☎️ 905 760 0209 ext. 102
📞 519 902 0875

Gurpreet Nagar

Vice-President & Business Agent
✉️ gurpreet.nagar@outlook.com
☎️ 905 760 0209 ext. 104
📞 416 705 6188

Bob Evely

Recording Secretary

Gary Bast

Business Agent & Trustee
✉️ garybastteamsters647@outlook.com
☎️ 905 760 0209 ext. 105
📞 416 819 0095 

Jeff Beer


Elvis Isaacs


Office Staff



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