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Unifor Bell Craft members ratify contract

February 23, 2017

Toronto – Unifor members at Bell Craft have ratified a new four-year collective agreement.

“This was a difficult negotiation,” said Unifor National Representative Alain Portelance. “I’m proud of our bargaining team for working so diligently to achieve both wage increases and job security protections.”
Unifor represents more than 3,800 Bell Craft technicians in Ontario and Quebec. The new agreement was reached following months of bargaining, which involved the personal intervention of Unifor National President Jerry Dias with senior Bell management.

“I’m glad that we were able to bring Bell back to the table to negotiate a fair contract,” said Dias. “Our members are committed to delivering outstanding service to Bell customers and we are pleased that their commitment and hard work is recognized in this contract.”

The negotiated benefits of the new contract include work jurisdiction language that protects jobs, third party adjudication for sick leave disputes, and wage gains in each year of the agreement. Wages will improve by 1.75% retroactive to December 1st, 2016 and then by 1.75%, 2% and 2% in the following years.

The bargaining committee also negotiated an agreement for Bell to begin contributions to the Unifor Paid Education Leave Program, which supports union-developed and union-delivered courses.

The new agreement will expire on November 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).