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Bell unit meetings across Quebec lay the groundwork for year of activism

Posted on October 25, 2019 1 min read

Following a recent shift in activism in Unifor Bell Canada and Bell-affiliated workplaces, members in Quebec take campaign planning to the members.

Do you live in Quebec? Then the Bell Real Talk campaign is coming to a local union near you!

Unifor national representatives and Assistant to the Quebec Director, John Caluori, have already visited Unifor Locals 93,98, 77-Q, 79, and 176.

Meetings are well attended, open spaces where rank-and-file members voice concerns with their working conditions, with Bell’s business decisions, and are together, planning for a new year of heightened advocacy and campaigning.

“These meetings have proven the deep determination telecommunications members to stake out and defend decent working conditions in the face of a company that increasingly tosses its employees aside to maximize profits,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director.

The Bell Real Talk campaign was launched in 2019, to unite all Bell workers facing the company’s attempts to erode good jobs, and leave current employees behind in the shift to new technology.

The effects of these tactics, paired with the deeply unfair Stacked Ranking performance management system has resulted in widespread mental health concerns for employees of Bell Canada.

Unifor represents members all across Bell’s corporate structure, from installation and technicians, to sales and clerical workers.

“Unifor members at Bell are living through a strategic attempts to chip away at their working conditions and a denial of the intense stress of the job. Bell’s intentions are no secret, it’s been stated as such by DEO George Cope and next in line Mirko Bibic,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “They may agree on this plan, but that doesn’t means that Unifor members will accept it.” 

To support Bell workers, sign up for updates at Bellrealtalk.ca, or sign the petition to demand that Cope reverse the wholesale outsourcing of Wireless to the Home installations.

Contact the Quebec or Canada member organizers to see how your telecommunications local can take action.

Quebec: Stéphane Brin coordinateur.belloncause@gmail.com

Canada: Shawn Cowan Shawn.Cowan@unifor.org

Thousands rally at Bell Canada, protesting job erosion

Posted on August 22, 2019 1 min read

QUEBEC – Thousands of workers rallied outside Bell Canada headquarters in Quebec City, demanding an end to job erosion.

“Bell benefits from the hard work and innovation of Unifor members,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Instead of treating them with respect, the company has continually eroded our jobs and inflicts a stressful work environment on current employees.”

Unifor members have experienced a decrease in the number of jobs in virtually all Bell bargaining units across the country in recent years. Earlier this year, the union discovered Bell had taken action to outsource 1 million installations of its new “Wireless to the Home” technology, a project partially supported by federal grants.

At today’s rally, Bell workers from across the region marched alongside delegates of Unifor’s National Convention to the Bell building, where together, they called on the company to maintain good jobs in Canada’s telecommunications industry, and not outsource the jobs of tomorrow.

“At a time of growth and new technology, coupled with an affordability crisis for Canada’s workers, corporations like Bell must show leadership with decent work and job security,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director. “It is immoral to take millions in government subsidies while outsourcing good, unionized work.”

Employees of Bell Canada and Bell subsidiaries have long campaigned against contracting out and other forms of job erosion. These efforts recently led to the company reversing a layoff notice for 78 technicians, and won the removal of the infamous “Stacked Ranking” performance management system in the Bell Sales bargaining unit.

For current updates about this campaign, visit bellrealtalk.ca.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For further information, contact Sarah McCue, Unifor National Communications Representative at 416-458-3307 (cell) or sarah.mccue@unifor.org.

For French interviews, please contact Unifor Quebec Communications Representative, Marie-Andrée L'Heureux at marie-andree.lheureux@unifor.org or 514-916-7373 (cell).

Unifor files Unfair Labour Practice complaint against Bell Canada

Posted on May 28, 2019 1 min read

May 27, 2019

To:       All Bell-related Locals across Canada

 

Sisters and Brothers,

Today, Unifor has filed an Unfair Labour Practice complaint against Bell Canada for their failure to disclose the scope of the Wireless to the Home project during Bell Craft bargaining in 2017, and again during BTS bargaining in 2018 where the tripartite agreement covering residential installation work was also renegotiated. 

Additionally, in the complaint, we have also raised how the entire project was contracted out as pay back for the union exercising our legal right to represent our members in a way that Bell Canada was not appreciative of (this according to Declan Brady, Senior Vice President of Operations, Bell). 

In the coming weeks and months members can expect a series of escalating actions aimed at repatriating this work for members of Unifor. 

Please continue to support your bargaining committees, local representatives and your national union as we fight for this work and the end to erosion in all of our bargaining units. 

Please visit our website at Bellrealtalk.ca for the latest updates. 

 

In solidarity, 

Chris MacDonald                                             John Caluori

Assistant to the National President                Assistant to the Quebec Director

 

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cc: National Representatives Servicing Bell Locals

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