ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.: The 2004 Teddy Bear Convoy raised over $20,000 for the Janeway Children's Hospital of St John's, Nfld.On June 6 over 60 trucks circled the hospital to show support during this year's Janeway Telethon.(LtoR) Robert Wiseman of the Transportation Club of Newfoundland; Wilbert Collins of the Newfoundland and Labrador Independent Truckers Association and the organizer of the Convoy; Claudette Barnes, Telethon Host; Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works; Gord Peddle of the Newfoundland and Labrador Carriers Association; Mitchell Collins.n
ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. – The Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada and the Newfoundland & Labrador Independent Truckers Association (NLITA) have made an alliance.
A memorandum of understanding between the associations will see the creation of the first of OBAC’s provincial/regional caucuses.
“The provincial associations will always be closer and more responsive to the local issues than a national association could be,” said OBAC’s executive director, Joanne Ritchie. “But OBAC believes national representation will give the local associations the scope to take members’ concerns beyond provincial boundaries, especially since many issues are common across the country.”
“It’s a good time to move forward with this alliance, given the current concerns of the owner-operator community,” said NLITA president, Jon Summers.
“I said when we started NLITA that we’d be even more effective under the umbrella of some larger, national organization, and now that OBAC is moving in the right direction, I’m thrilled to be combining our efforts for the benefit of all owner-operators.”
“It’s good to see owner-operators now have a voice that will be heard right across the country,” said Duncan, B.C.-based OBAC vice-president, Don Robertson. “Owner/operators will now be well-served from coast to coast.”
Robertson and Summers signed the MOU at the NLITA annual meeting in St. John’s.
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