The Unifor ACL bargaining committee representing 2200 workers across Atlantic Canada has reached a tentative agreement with Bell Aliant.
After eight tough sessions of bargaining in Halifax, the committee will be recommending ratification of this agreement.
“When we started this negotiation the company was seeking major concessions that would have taken away many of our members hard earned retirement benefits, but we managed to push back to get a fair agreement,” said Bobby MacDonald, Chair of Unifor ACL.
That was made possible because members sent the employer a strong message of solidarity with the bargaining committee. The committee would like to thank all members who showed your support by wearing Unifor Red in the workplace.
The hundreds of photos and videos posted on social media made a powerful statement to the employer that helped the committee hold their ground at the negotiating table.
"I want to commend our Bell Atlantic bargaining committee. Not only did they fight hard at the table, they mobilized our members and built our union with an inspired campaign. Our members and committee should be very proud of what they have achieved here," said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director.
Details of the tentative agreement will be presented at membership meetings in the coming days across Atlantic Canada.