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Bell Canada Clerical Collective Agreement

Bell Canada Clerical Collective Agreement

“This collective agreement shows the kind of profits that can be earned if workers come together and mobilize to defend good union jobs,” said Renaud, the director of Unifor Qu├ębec. “Thanks to the solidarity and activism of the members and the work of the union`s bargaining committee, any improvement has been hard earned and deserved.” TORONTO – Unifor members working in the Clerical Bell Canada division have ratified a four-year collective agreement that improves working conditions and job security for nearly 5,000 workers. The new agreement is the first contract for about 300 Bell ExpressVu LP members who successfully organized their jobs in 2016 to join Unifor. The new collective agreement provides for wage increases, protection from erosion and outsourcing, and adds more than 600 jobs to the collective agreement unit. Over the past decade, employees have witnessed a concerted strategy to reduce staffing levels, resulting in the loss of more than half of the jobs in the collective agreement unit. Unifor members have also had access to paid leave for domestic violence, and 10 female lawyers, union members trained to help and assist people facing sexual and gender-based violence, are being created. Negotiations began on October 3, 2017 with an agreement on January 24, 2018. MEPs voted in favour of the agreement by 73%. Bell clerical workers are represented in Quebec by Unifor Locals 6000, 6001, 6002 and 6003, and in Ontario by Unifor Locals 6004, 6005, 6006, 6007, 6008 and 37. All Aboriginal people were represented in the round of negotiations. For more information, see unifor.org/itstime. Workplace mental health was also a central issue raised during the negotiations, and the union was successful in negotiations with Bell Canada for a memorandum recognizing the importance of ensuring a work culture that promotes and improves the mental health of all workers. .

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Sarah McCue at sarah.mccue@unifor.org or 416-458-3307 (cell). “This round of negotiations has been monumental. Workers from All of Ontario and Quebec came together to demand that their good unionized jobs stay with Bell Canada at Bell Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president.


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