Telecommunications

Unifor is Canada’s largest union for telecommunications workers, representing 24,600 members across the country, in both the private and public sectors. Technological advances in the telecommunications sector have led to expansion into new services by traditional carriers. Unifor members work as telephone, cable and internet installers, maintenance and repair workers, operator service provides, satellite monitors and in call-centres, salespeople among others.

Unifor Pivot aircraft mechanic home after 7-month detention in the Dominican Republic

TORONTO–Unifor is relieved that its member, Bal Krishna Dubey, who has been detained in the Dominican Republic with four other Pivot Airlines crew members since April 2022, is finally home in Canada in time for the holidays.

“It’s been a long and exhausting journey for the crew,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Unifor supported our member throughout this ordeal and our union will continue to support him with all available resources as he recovers from this harrowing and traumatic experience.”

Bell Aliant workers vote to accept new contract

HALIFAX- Unifor members at Bell Aliant voted to accept a new collective agreement, ending an 8-month negotiation period.

“Telecommunications workers were razor-focused throughout these talks. The members demanded fair wage increases and commitments to keep good union jobs here in Atlantic Canada,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

The 4-year tentative agreement was reached with Bell on September 9, 2022 and was presented to members for a vote on September 13 and 14, 2022.

Bell Atlantic Bargaining Bulletin Update #7

Members vote yes to accept new tentative agreement

Dear members,

Congratulations, you now have a new collective agreement with Bell. Our 8-months of negotiations and our national fight for this deal have come to a close.

Members voted to accept the deal by 67.4%.

Votes in Favour:            918

Votes Against:               444

Bell Aliant workers reach tentative agreement

HALIFAX-Unifor members at Bell Aliant reached a tentative agreement with the company on September 9, 2022.

“I want to congratulate the members and the bargaining committee for their solidarity and perseverance through these long and important negotiations,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Details of the collective agreement will only be released pending ratification by members of the bargaining unit. Local unions will hold ratification votes in the coming weeks.

Bell Aliant workers to enter final week of conciliation 

HALIFAX- Unifor members at Bell Aliant are heading into the final days of bargaining Tuesday September 6, 2022.

“Unifor members at Bell Aliant have kept Atlantic Canadian connected. Their dedication to their work and solidarity across the region is strong,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “What better time to push Bell for a great contract than the week of Labour Day, when workers across our union are celebrating successes and committing to push for progress.” 

Bell Clerical ratifies new four-year deal

TORONTO –Unifor’s Bell Clerical and Associated Employees Bargaining Committee ratified a four-year deal with Bell Canada on Thurs., Aug. 18, 2022.

“My congratulations to the bargaining committee for fighting for our members and for making progress during a very difficult round of bargaining,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Bell Atlantic Bargaining Bulletin Update #9

Dear Members,

The union and the employer will not be able to meet on the week of August 15-18.  This delay was forced by schedule misalignment between the parties.

Your bargaining team will instead engage with the company, along with the assistance of a federal conciliator, in Halifax, Nova Scotia beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

The Bell ACL unit is still in its conciliation period. Your bargaining committee has not yet received a tentative agreement.

Telecommunications Sector Profile

Sector Facts and Figures Total GDP Share of Canadian GDP $39.6 billion 2.00% Exports ––– Imports ––– Foreign Trade Balance 5-year change ––– ––– Total Employment (2021) Change since 2011 122,500 -3.9%...
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