Bell Atlantic Bargaining Bulletin Update #5

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Bell bargaining committee on Zoom

Dear Members,

On April 28, during negotiations, Unifor took a moment of silence to recognize workers lost on the job, on the Day of Mourning.

Each day we benefit from the labour of thousands of essential workers who give large proportions of their lives to provide us with everything that makes up modern life.  Every year, hundreds suffer injury or illness because of their working conditions, and some of these workers die on the job.

This week we met face-to-face with the company, in order to have more efficient and effective negotiations.

Your bargaining team is working though many key issues including the definition of Small Business Customers, which we hope to solve within coming weeks.

As a team, we were hoping to be able to share much progress from the past week. Unfortunately, the Employer’s representatives appear to be slowing negotiations by not being prepared to respond on several longstanding issues.

We are still awaiting answers on important proposals, including Occupational Health & Safety and Teleworking, to which the employer had no response to share.

Nonetheless, we are progressing.

The two parties will meet next during the week of May 9, 2022.

Thank you for your support and solidarity. Your bargaining committee will continue to communicate updates throughout the negotiations, including mobilization and solidarity actions in the coming weeks.

In solidarity,

Your Unifor ACL Bargaining Committee