Unifor members at the Bell Canada clerical unit handed out leaflets in both provinces and held a solidarity rally to mark the first day of negotiations on Tuesday, October 3.
“Unifor’s message to Bell Canada is clear - it’s time to put a stop to the erosion of good jobs,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Clerical jobs have been intentionally eliminated by this company over the last decade and Unifor is united to stop the attack.”
The members’ collective agreement will expire on November 30, 2017. This is the first series of Bell Clerical negotiations since Unifor’s founding in 2013, and it’s clear that this time is different. Members across Ontario and Quebec are uniting in the fight to protect unionized work. Leaflets were distributed in 14 workplaces on Tuesday morning in a solidarity action.
Unifor represents nearly 5,000 Bell Canada clerical workers in Ontario and Québec. Over the last decade the number of jobs in the unit has been cut in half.
In this round, members are directly engaged. The entire bargaining committee was present for the first day of bargaining, led by Unifor National President Jerry Dias, Renaud Gagné, Unifor Québec Director and Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director.
"Our presence, sitting together at the bargaining table, marks our commitment, solidarity and determination to get a good contract. Throughout the negotiation process, we will put in the effort and resources necessary to win,” added Renaud Gagné, Unifor Québec Director.
These unionized workers perform vital jobs to keep Bell Canada customers connected, including circuit design and maintenance, development of new infrastructure, and care and support for residential customers as well as small and large businesses.
Find ways to support Bell Clerical members at unifor.org/itstime.