Last week, your Bargaining Committee made headway on a number of priority areas.
We raised our concern in regards to recent modifications in Consumer Service Representative classification.
Many facets of the work of technicians were also explored with the employer.
After weeks of slow movement from the Company, their representatives showed an opening for a change in pace. There is a lot of Bargaining going between Bell Canada and Unifor:
While Unifor ACL is negotiating, BTS members in Quebec voted down their tentative agreement by 80%.
While Unifor ACL is negotiating, Bell Clerical members in Ontario and Quebec declared an impasse, and started ramping up their campaign for better wages, a floor of employment and a fair teleworking policy.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Clerical group took a strike vote this weekend. Members authorized strike action, sending a message to Bell Canada that this round of negotiations must be different.
Watch these videos from the Bell Clerical committee, released ahead of their votes:
Ontario Long Video:
Ontario Short Video:
Quebec Long Video
Quebec Short Video
Each of these actions buoys the ACL Bargaining Committee. We negotiate in parallel with one another because it gives us strength.
We are in the final stages, approaching the most contentious issues of wages, job security including keeping jobs in the Atlantic.
Thank you for your support and solidarity. Your bargaining committee will continue to communicate updates throughout the negotiations, including mobilization and solidarity actions in the coming weeks.
Unifor ACL Bargaining Committee