“We achieved much-anticipated results this week by signing a number of topics, including paid leave for domestic violence for members, performance management agreements and the creation of a joint mental health committee,” said Bobby MacDonald, President of Unifor ACL. Negotiations with Bell Aliant began in April with little progress. Bell Aliant is trying to secure concessions in exchange for certain Unifor requests, but the negotiating team is committed to vigorously defending our priorities in order to reach a fair interim agreement. After seven bargaining sessions, the committee set a deadline for the employer until midnight on January 19, 2018, to reach an interim agreement. While negotiations are ongoing, the current collective agreement remains fully in force, with all provisions, including early and unreduced retirement clauses. These remain intact. “Our members have set a great precedent for other Unifor residents when it comes to sending a strong message to an employer,” said Roch Leblanc, National Representative. “You have really shown determination and solidarity in the search for a fair agreement.” Bell Aliant workers across Atlantic Canada voted 85 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement reached after months of difficult negotiations. The Unifor ACL negotiating committee is pleased to announce that an interim agreement has been reached with Bell Aliant after eight difficult rounds of negotiations in Halifax.
After eight bitter negotiations with an employer seeking major concessions, a collective agreement was reached to protect pensions and improve the wages of the men and women who proudly set up Bell`s first fibre optic network in Canada. The Committee is pleased to announce that it will recommend ratification of this agreement. “As you know, at the beginning of these negotiations, the company was looking for major concessions that would have taken away a lot of your hard-earned pension benefits, but we were able to back down to reach a fair deal,” said Bobby MacDonald, president of Unifor ACL, which represents Aboriginal 506, 401, 410 and 2289. Details of the interim agreement will be presented at the Atlantic-Canada meetings. Dates and locations will be announced early next week. The company continues its efforts to obtain concessions in exchange for language changes in the collective agreement that the union seeks. The negotiating committee maintains the need for these changes to provide better job security for membership and better service to their clients. “Our negotiating committee is grateful for the support and solidarity of all hard-working members who made this agreement possible,” said Bobby MacDonald, president of Unifor ACL, which represents residents 506, 401, 410 and 2289. As you may know, from now until the end of negotiations, the company is not in a position to make changes to the pension plan, since the collective agreement clearly states, under section 28.01 b. “There is no way for the company to abandon our pre-retirement clause and move away from its obligation to contribute to our retirement plan.” , Unifor`s National Representative and Chief Negotiator. Another decisive element of our negotiating sessions with Bell Canada will be discussed in the week of November 27.
In February, Bell demonstrated its apathy towards workers by sending an email announcing that the company was announcing other post-employment benefits (OPEB) or, as Bell calls it, post-retirement benefits (PRB) after April 1, 2019. The bargaining committee for Unifor Atlantic Communication Local, which represents Aboriginal people 506, 401, 410, 2289, wants the employer to know how much it is invested to make Bell Aliant a better job, which is why they wear red to work as a sign of solidarity.