Unifor members ratify contract with Eastlink

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Unifor telecommunications members at Eastlink, represented by Local 919-M in Nova Scotia, have voted in favour of a new collective agreement that includes wage increases over the next three years.

The contract provides a 4.3% wage increase in the first year, followed by a 4% raise in the second year. The third year allows for a 2% raise and includes a ‘me too’ clause that stipulates that if the bargaining unit in Halifax receives more, these members will see the same increase. Additionally, employees will receive a $4,500 signing bonus.

A significant boost has also been secured in standby pay, which increases from $250 to $350 per week.

"Congratulations to the members at Eastlink for securing a new contract. This agreement highlights that substantial gains can be achieved when united. The bargaining committee's hard work and commitment have truly paid off for their members," said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

The bargaining process faced challenges, particularly regarding the employer's reluctance to exceed existing monetary guarantees. Despite these obstacles, the bargaining committee reached an agreement.

"This marks a just rebalancing of wages from a group of 12 workers who stood up for what is right, taking a historical first for this local by mandating a strike vote of 100%,” said Randy Outhouse, President of Local 919-M. "This was a successful round of bargaining by a small but mighty group, and I am proud of them.”

The group is made up of Advanced System Tech, System Tech, and Service Tech workers. The contract runs from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2026.