On Wednesday, December 6 of 2017 the Unifor joint Bargaining Committee began formal negotiations with Bell Technical Solutions (BTS) to negotiate a new contract for approximately 5,000 workers in Ontario and 2,700 in Quebec. For up-to-date news please read the bargaining bulletins below.
For up to date bargaining reports please see below.
This is not only the first set of negotiations with Bell Technical Solutions since Unifor’s founding in 2013, but the union has engaged in a historic and united bargaining process that brings together Ontario and Quebec locals at a joint bargaining table. Nothing like this kind of bargaining coordination has occurred for technical workers in Canada ever before.
To represent the needs of members during these negotiations the following are the two bargaining committees, that are working together are:
Ontario bargaining committee
- Jim Fling Local 34-O
- Shawn Cowan Local 43
- Jeff Mark Local 47
- Colum Lynn Local 1996-O
- Tyson Siddall, Telecommunications Director
Quebec bargaining committee
- Charles Saumure Local 81
- Christian Dénommée Local 98
- Jocelyn Bouchard Local 176
- Jean-Stéphane Mayer, National Rep for all Québec BTS units
The locals represented at the bargaining table during negotiations are: Locals 28, 30-O, 31,34-O, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39-O, 40-O, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 and 1996-O in Ontario and Locals 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 93, 98 and 176 in Québec.
Priority issues in this round of bargaining include: equal pay for equal work for all workers in both regions, establishing work life balance, ending forced overtime, improvements for part time employees, and paid domestic violence leave. The core message being delivered to the employer is that fairness for the BTS technicians is long overdue!