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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

Unifor files common employer application at Expertech aimed at Bell Canada

Posted on May 21, 2019 1 min read

TORONTO- Unifor has filed an application with the CIRB claiming that Bell Canada is the rightful employer of technicians and clerical workers at Expertech, insisting that members should be bargaining with Bell Canada.

“What we’re saying is that Expertech is a puppet, owned and controlled wholly by Bell Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We don’t bargain with puppets. Unifor members deserve to sit across the table from their employer, Bell Canada.”

On Tuesday, May 21, Unifor submitted a common employer application for Expertech technicians and clerical workers to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), claiming that Bell Canada is the real employer and not Expertech, consequently, these members ought to be covered by the Bell Canada Craft and Clerical collective agreements.

“This application is one more way that Unifor is defending good jobs in Canada’s telecommunications sector now and for the next generation of workers,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director. “Bell has tried to sell these workers short by creating Expertech, but our position is that Expertech is Bell Canada, and our members deserve better.”

Bell Canada created and is now the sole owner of Expertech, and has been steadily decreasing the work allocated to members at Expertech. The union has witnessed the absolute control Bell has on Expertech’s contracts, resulting in business decisions that has led to layoffs and displacement of good unionized telecom jobs.

Employees of Bell Canada and Bell subsidiaries have long campaigned against contracting out and other forms of job erosion and will continue to do so.  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.

Unifor reverses layoffs at Bell Canada

Posted on May 02, 2019 1 min read

TORONTO- Unifor and Bell Canada have reached an agreement to reverse layoffs of Bell technicians.

The union and the employer have agreed to a memorandum that guarantees the full recall of all 76 employees who received surplus notice on April 18, 2019, to return to work on May 6th. The union and the company also agreed to the offer of a limited Retirement Incentive Offer (RIO) to Craft and Services employees.

“When faced with these layoffs, Unifor members took collective action to oppose Bell’s decision,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “This is not a perfect solution, but it protects the work of these technicians and ensures stability for their families.”

On April 18, Bell Canada issued layoff notice to 76 technicians across Ontario and Quebec. The union worked to reverse this layoff publicly and privately in successive meetings with the employer.

“Unifor members just want good jobs that they can rely on at Bell Canada. That means that we will continue to fight back against all attempts to eliminate jobs, outsource and erode the quality of unionized work at Bell,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director.

Employees of Bell Canada and Bell subsidiaries have long campaigned against contracting out and other forms of job erosion and will continue to do so.  For current updates about this campaign, visit bellrealtalk.ca.

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).

Bell Canada issues layoff notices while outsourcing Wireless to the Home project

Posted on April 22, 2019 1 min read

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Media Release

TORONTO - Unifor cries foul at Bell Canada’s decision to layoff technicians and outsource major Wireless to the Home project.

“By issuing layoff notices with one hand and contracting out work with the other, Bell is continuing its long history of job erosion at Bell Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.  “The launch of a program like Wireless to the Home should be good news for people who work at Bell, but instead the company chose to exclusively hire non-union contractors.”

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