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Letter to Honourable Alexandre Boulerice re Bell Canada Union busting during negotiations with Unifor

July 27, 2022

Via email

The Honourable Alexandre Boulerice
House of Commons 
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

To the Honourable Alexandre Boulerice,

Re: Bell Canada union busting during negotiations with Unifor

We are writing with an urgent update regarding a labour dispute that is currently unfolding between Unifor and Bell Canada, including the disgraceful behaviour of the company during this round of negotiations. 

Update to Bell Clerical Members - July 27, 2022

July 27, 2022

Via email

To: Bell Clerical members


Re: Bell Canada intimidating workers, union busting during negotiations with Unifor

We write to you to update you on the actions that your union has taken against the attempted union busting from Bell Canada as we edge closer to our deadline.

We are aware of the continued communications from Reno Vaillancourt, Senior Vice President of Labour Relations at Bell encouraging yourself and your coworkers to cross the picket line should negotiations result in strike action. 

New members sign first tentative agreement

Unifor Local 1090 members at Shorelines Casino Peterborough and Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands bargained a first tentative agreement on July 24, 2022. 

They credit the co-ordinated gaming sector bargaining table for the gains made in the contract, to be ratified later by the full membership of the unit.

Unifor members expertly handled emergency aboard PEI-Nova Scotia ferry, saving lives

WOOD ISLANDS, PEI - Unifor members on board the MV Holiday Island executed emergency procedures quickly and with great care, ensuring the safe evacuation of all 183 ferry passengers and their pets and 22 crew after a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room on Friday, July 22, 2022.  

After a meeting between Unifor leadership and the leaders of Locals 4508 and 4508A Monday evening, it is clear that if it were not for the actions of Unifor members, especially those in the engine room who first responded to the fire, the outcome could have been very different.

Canada’s largest Chinese-language newspaper to close Aug 27

The sudden announcement to close Sing Tao, Canada’s largest Chinese-language newspapers, hurts not only the Chinese-speaking people of Toronto but Canada’s cultural fabric, says the union representing its employees. 

“Closing Sing Tao is an unconscionable blow to the Chinese-speaking people of Toronto who rely on a daily newspaper to keep them informed of what is happening in their city and around the world, in their language,” said Carleen Finch, President of Unifor Local 87-M, which 43 members at Sing Tao.

WestJet must ensure Sunwing acquisition won’t hurt Canadian jobs

TORONTO –Transport Canada and the Competition Bureau must consider that WestJet’s acquisition of Sunwing may have a deep and negative effect on Canadian jobs, says Unifor, after filing a public interest submission to Transport Canada on Friday, July 22, 2022.

“Unifor is concerned that, despite the promises made to create jobs, this acquisition will actually lead to more sub-contracted work with lower wages and precarious conditions,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President. “Not only that, the number of jobs may also decline.”

WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver reach tentative agreement

CALGARY – WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver have reached a tentative first collective agreement, avoiding any service interruptions in advance of Tuesday’s strike deadline.

“This bargaining committee has worked very hard over the last nine months to negotiate this first agreement that brings long overdue wage increases and improvements to working conditions,” said Scott Doherty, lead negotiator and Assistant to the National President.

Unifor reaches tentative agreements with six casino units

TORONTO—The bargaining committees for Unifor members at six Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) casinos in Ontario have signed a tentative agreement.

“Gaming sector workers were pivotal to ensuring GCGC casinos rebounded following the COVID-19 shut-downs,” said Chris MacDonald, Assistant to the Unifor National President. “It has been a very difficult period for casino workers and these tentative agreements are a step in the right direction.”

Casino negotiations likely to go down to the wire

TORONTO—Most secondary issues have been resolved in productive discussions with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) on Thursday, but the most challenging negotiations are underway today, says Unifor.

“Unifor bargaining committees for eight casinos worked hard on Thursday to finalize many outstanding issues, paving the way for today’s heavy-lifting on monetary matters,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Secretary-Treasurer. “The momentum is a positive sign but we’re not out of the woods. We anticipate talks will go down to the wire tonight.”

Nova Scotia Health Support Bargaining Update - July 20, 2022

In our previous update to members, we informed you that on Wednesday May 17, 2022 the Health Support Bargaining Unit (Unifor, NSGEU and CUPE) reached an impasse in bargaining a new collective agreement with Nova Scotia Health and the IWK. As a result, two days of Conciliation were scheduled. This means both the Unions and The Employers are using an outside mediation officer to attempt to finalize bargaining.

WestJet needs a wake-up call, as workers prepare to strike

CALGARY – WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver have voted overwhelmingly to support the bargaining committee and take strike action if a deal cannot be reached, as early as July 27, 2022, says Unifor.

“The union is fighting for better wages,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President. 

Mark Mandela Day with climate action

Unifor is calling on the Canadian government to prepare for expected extreme weather events this fall in the Global South with changes to Canada’s immigration and refugee policies.

Scientists tell us the time to act on climate change is now. Meteorological agencies are warning us that 2022 will see higher than average incidence of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires affecting Latin America, Africa and other regions of the Global South.

The Climate Crisis is a human crisis; it is driving population displacement and making life harder for those already forced to flee.

Natural gas workers to rally at legislature

WINNIPEG—Unifor Local 681 and other Unifor members from across the region will rally at the legislature on Day #30 of the ongoing natural gas workers’ strike.

“Premier Heather Stefanson doesn’t get it: front line gas workers deserve fairness,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “The government could end the strike today with a new collective agreement with the same wage increases already signed off for other Crown workers.”

What:    News conference and rally for Manitoba Hydro workers

Strike averted, tentative deal reached at VIA Rail

MONTREAL – A tentative deal has been reached with VIA Rail and Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 just hours before members were prepared to initiate job actions.

“From the beginning our bargaining committees felt the weight of their responsibility - to fight for the best deal for their members,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer. “They have done incredible work. They were tough and principled and they have proven that when we fight we can win for working people.”

VIA Rail strike deadline extended

MONTREAL – A strike deadline for VIA Rail workers, set for July 11 at 12:01 a.m. has been extended to July 11 at 4:00 p.m. eastern.

“We remain hopeful that a deal can be reached,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer. “Our bargaining committees have been steadfast in wanting to achieve a deal that respects and values their work.”

A strike deadline for July 11, 2022 was announced last Thursday, in an effort to give the public ample notice and an opportunity to make alternative arrangements for travel. Rail services will continue Monday.

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Strike Deadline Extended

Tonight both Council 4000 and Local 100 bargaining committees have decided to extend the bargaining deadline to July 11 at 16:00 hours ET. 

The bargaining committees have been working throughout the weekend pushing back against the employers concessions. As of now we have removed all concessions and will be spending the remaining time to discuss remaining monetary items.

Though talks with the employer are progressing, we must still be ready to take job action should an agreement not be reached.

Bell Canada fails to negotiate a contract with Clerical and Atlantic groups, pushing Unifor ACL to declare an impasse


Negotiations ended today without coming to an agreement with the company for the Unifor ACL and Clerical groups, during the week’s historic, simultaneous negotiations.

The employer was made aware well in advance of the union’s top priorities and did not come prepared to have meaningful discussion on those issues.

Members in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario united this week in our negotiations. Your committees, including national staff, brought fair proposals to the company and were met with stubborn refusals.


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Unifor Issues 72 Hour Strike Notice to VIA Rail

Dear members,

As mentioned earlier this week both Council 4000 and Local 100 resumed negotiations with the employer this week in Montreal. Unfortunately, talks have not progressed in the way we had hoped. In consultation with the National Union, both Council 4000 and Local 100 issued strike notice to VIA Rail this evening.

VIA Rail workers issue 72-hour strike notice

MONTREAL – Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100 announced the union’s 72 hours’ strike notice to VIA Rail after talks failed to progress.

“VIA Rail workers are frustrated that the employer continues to push concessions and not work towards a fair and equitable collective agreement for our members,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President and lead negotiator. “Unifor members at VIA are highly skilled and contributed to the success of the company. We will do whatever it takes to get members the collective agreement that they deserve.”