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Bell, it’s time! Bell Clerical Bargaining.

#Bellitstime to stop the erosion of good jobs and give workers their fair share.

Bell clerical workers built the country’s largest telecommunications company, and behind the scenes, keep Bell customers connected. You work hard and you deserve job security and fair wages.

However, over the last decade, clerical workers have experienced a concerted strategy to cut the workforce, eliminating thousands of unionized jobs in the process.

Enough is enough.

It’s time for Bell top negotiate a fair contract that protects workers.

Here are three ways you can support the Bell Clerical bargaining, and protect good jobs.

  1. Come to the solidarity rally in Mississauga, Ontario to mark the first day of bargaining.
  2. Share this video and show your friends that you support Unifor members who are fighting back against outsourcing and job erosion.
  3. Tweet at @Bell. Tell them that, #Bellitstime to stop eroding good jobs and to give workers their fair share.

Stay connected! Subscribe to UniLINK, Unifor’s national newsletter, for union updates and calls to action. Email bellclerical@unifor.org with feedback on how the union can communicate during bargaining.

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Bargaining Highlights

2/14/2018 -

Your Bargaining Committee has negotiated a tentative agreement that increases wages and improves job security.
Your Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends the Tentative Agreement and urges you to vote in favour of the recommendation for acceptance.

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Unifor and Bell Canada reach tentative agreement for clerical unit

1/24/2018 -

Media Release

January 24, 2018

Toronto – Unifor the union representing almost 5000 clerical workers at Bell Canada in Ontario and Quebec has reached a tentative agreement.

“In this round of negotiations, members united to tell Bell that it was time to start rebuilding respectful relationships and stop the erosion of good union jobs,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “I’m proud of the skill shown by the entire bargaining committee, and the solidarity of members across Ontario and Quebec.”

This was the first set of negotiations between clerical workers represented by the union and Bell Canada since Unifor’s founding in 2013. The tentative agreement is recommended for adoption by the bargaining team. With a tentative deal being reached between the union and the employer, Unifor members will now have the opportunity to vote on the terms of the contract.  Membership meetings and ratification votes will be scheduled in the coming weeks. 

“When we started these negotiations, the employer offered proposals that would have continued to worsen clerical workers’ experiences on the job. Through the strength of member mobilizations and a united Unifor bargaining team, a fair agreement was reached to defend thousands of unionized jobs at Bell Canada,” said Renaud Gagne, Unifor Quebec Director.

The Bell clerical workers are represented in Quebec by Unifor Locals 6000, 6001, 6002 and 6003, and in Ontario by Unifor Locals 6004, 6005, 6006, 6007, 6008 and 37. All locals were represented in the bargaining caucus.

Bargaining Bulletin #9

1/11/2018 -

Bargaining Bulletin #9 in PDF

We wish you a Happy New Year and hope you have enjoyed some time with your friends and family.
As the Bargaining Committee met with Bell in Toronto during the week of December 18, you showed great solidarity and strength.

On December 19th the full Bargaining Caucus, with representatives from locals across Ontario and Quebec, and National President Jerry Dias, Québec Director Renaud Gagné and Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi joined the Bargaining Committee for negotiations on our key issues of job erosion and wages. Bell was told in no uncertain terms that Unifor members are demanding stronger job protection in this round of negotiations.

These clear voices in our negotiation sessions were amplified by each of you wearing red at work, by the flags that you signed and by the many actions, social media posts and events that have marked this round of bargaining.

Bargaining was very intense and went around the clock. Through it all, the Bargaining Caucus inspired the Bargaining Committee with their great spirit, strength and solidarity. As the parties ran out of time during that week, your bargaining team will reconvene next week on January 15th and 16th in Montreal to review Bell’s latest position, and we’ll update you afterwards.

Check out the most recent bargaining update at unifor.org/itstime and please share the Unifor videos and materials. To see photos of Bell It’s Time actions and workplace meetings please visit Unifor’s social media account. Go to Facebook.com/UniforCanada/photos. If you have a photo that is not shown in this email please send it in. Email your photos, including selfies, to bellclerical@unifor.org

Together, we will always be stronger!

Bargaining Bulletin #8

12/18/2017 -

Bargaining Bulletin #8 in pdf

We wish you and your family peace, joy and job security this season.

With your passion and solidarity, we made great strides in bargaining during the week of December 11, including paid domestic violence leave, significant improvements to the Profile system, and language on mental health initiatives in the Collective Agreement. While Bell continues to push against the real changes that clerical workers are demanding, you have shown that this bargaining unit will not allow the company to continue to erode and eliminate our jobs.

On Tuesday, December 19, we’re coming to the bargaining table to negotiate on our key issues of job erosion and wages. Our message to Bell is that it’s time to stop to the business practices that have eliminated half of the jobs in this unit in the past decade!

Your Bargaining Team will be joined by the Bell Clerical Bargaining Caucus and by Jerry Dias, National President, Renaud Gagné, Québec Director and Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director.

Tuesday, December 19, wear red! Join us once again. Together, we can display our collective strength.
Watch and share this video clip on Facebook or YouTube to show your friends that Bell Canada needs to stop the erosion of good jobs. You can also check out the most recent bargaining update at unifor.org/itstime. To see photos of Bell It’s Time actions and workplace meetings please visit Unifor’s social media account. Go to Facebook.com/UniforCanada/photos. If you have a photo that is not shown please send it in. Email your photos, including selfies, to bellclerical@unifor.org.

Together, we will always be stronger!

Bargaining Bulletin #7

12/4/2017 -

Bargaining Bulletin #7 in PDF

Your Bargaining Committee met with the employer last week, and performance management again has been at the heart of our negotiations. There has been a public outcry from all levels of the union about the unfairness of the Bell performance management system and objectives. Your Bargaining Committee made it clear to the employer that status quo was not an option. We’ve had in-depth discussions about solutions, and we are satisfied to report your Unifor bargaining team has made good progress on this issue.

We continue to resolve some non-monetary issues, and to have discussions on a number of items including scheduling, and selection of candidates in job postings.

Negotiations are now moving into monetary items, and our next bargaining session is scheduled for the week of December 11th.

We will be negotiating about job erosion and wages the week of December 18th in Toronto, when the Bargaining Committee will be joined by the Bargaining Caucus to send a strong message to Bell about the fundamental importance of these key priorities to our membership, and to our whole union.

Just a reminder that although the Collective Agreement technically expired on November 30, 2017, the current terms and conditions continue during the bargaining process.

Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate in our upcoming mobilization activities during this crucial time of bargaining. Your support is important, and really appreciated by the committee!

To see photos of Bell It’s Time actions and workplace meetings please visit Unifor’s social media account. Go to Facebook.com/UniforCanada/photos. If you have a photo that is not shown in this album please send it in. Email your photos, including selfies, to bellclerical@unifor.org

Together, we will always be stronger!

Bargaining Bulletin #6

11/8/2017 -

Bargaining Bulletin #6 in PDF

Your bargaining committee met with the employer last week. During these discussions, the union made an extensive presentation about how performance objectives are assessed, and the need for change to a fairer system, with less stress at work.

We continue to resolve some non-monetary issues. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for the week of November 20th.

The bargaining committee wants to thank you all for your great participation in our coordinated actions last week. On Tuesday, Halloween flyers were distributed to members and circulated on social media by members, locals and even the National President. This message created a wave of support for the bargaining committee and for our demand to stop job erosion.

On Thursday’s “Wear Red” day there was another massive mobilization across Ontario and Quebec, and it was an amazing success as well. All Bell Clerical locals participated in the workplace action and it was great to see so many members wearing red to say, “Bell It’s Time!”

To see photos of these actions and workplace meetings this week please visit Unifor’s social media account. Go to Facebook.com/UniforCanada/photos. If you have a photo that is not shown in this email please send it in. Email your photos, including selfies, to bellclerical@unifor.org

The bargaining committee really felt the support from all of you last week. These actions also show the employer the strength and unity of the membership. Let’s keep it up and continue to stand in solidarity to fight for a fair contract.

Together, we will always be stronger!

Bargaining Bulletin #5

10/31/2017 -

UPDATE FROM THE COMMITTEE

Bargaining Bulletin #5 in PDF

As is typical in negotiations, the union and the employer negotiate ‘non-monetary’ issues first. This means that currently the parties are discussing demands that do not have a direct, financial cost for Bell. Later on in negotiations, your bargaining team will move to discuss ‘monetary’ items which include our key demands to stop job erosion and raise wages. To read the highlights of the Union’s non-monetary demands click here

Bargaining Bulletin #4

10/17/2017 -

UPDATE FROM THE COMMITTEE

Bargaining Bulletin #4 in PDF


Sisters and Brothers,

Your Bargaining Committee met with the employer October 10-13th in Montreal. The parties have agreed on some issues, and the Bargaining Committee continues to press hard on our bargaining agenda. The next bargaining meetings are scheduled for October 23-27th in Montreal.
 

Bargaining Bulletin #3

10/11/2017 -

Bargaining Bulletin #3 in PDF click here

Your Bargaining Committee, together with the full support of the Bargaining Caucus, opened negotiations for the Bell Clerical agreement October 3rd in Toronto. National President Jerry Dias set the tone of the negotiations by demanding an end to the erosion of good jobs. Quebec Director Renaud Gagné and Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi spoke with force and conviction about the impact of job losses on the membership, and the commitment of Unifor to a fair deal for the Bell Clerical members.

Bell Clerical Bargaining Opens with Actions across Ontario and Quebec

10/4/2017 -

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.

To read the complete article click here.