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Unifor Bell Aliant Collective Agreement

“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.” 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. Details of the interim agreement will be presented at the Atlantic-Canada meetings. Dates and locations will be announced early next week. 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. 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 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. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Roch Leblanc, Unifor National Representative Roch.LeBlanc@unifor.org (902)455-1120 As you know, from now until the end of negotiations, the company is unable to make changes to the retirement plan because the collective agreement is clearly established in accordance with Article 28.01 (b): “We have achieved highly anticipated results this week by signing several issues, including paid leave for domestic violence for members, performance management agreements and the establishment of a joint mental health committee,” said Bobby MacDonald, President of Unifor ACL. 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 next Wear Unifor Red T-shirt Day will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Please show your solidarity with the Workers Bell Aliant and wear red. Members are encouraged to post red Day photos on social media with the hashtag #BellACLSolidarity. Email photos to the representative of National Communications: Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org Bell Aliant workers in Atlantic Canada voted 85 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement that was reached after months of difficult negotiations. After seven bargaining sessions, the committee set a deadline for the employer until midnight on January 19, 2018, to reach an interim agreement. Unifor ACL will hold briefings to prepare for upcoming discussions with Bell on our next collective agreement. The meetings will be held in June in the four Atlantic provinces. The information sessions scheduled […] 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.

The negotiating committee is concerned about outsourcing and is working to preserve and create good jobs in Atlantic Canada.