Details of the interim agreement will be presented at the Atlantic-Canada meetings. Dates and locations will be announced early next week. After seven bargaining sessions, the committee set a deadline for the employer until midnight on January 19, 2018, to reach an interim agreement. 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. “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. 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 […] While negotiations are ongoing, the current collective agreement remains fully in force, with all provisions, including early and unreduced retirement clauses. These remain intact. Bell Aliant workers across Atlantic Canada voted 85 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement reached after months of difficult negotiations. When the commission returns to the table on 18 January 2018, the focus will be on key themes such as job creation, pensions and wages. 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. 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 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. 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. “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. “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.” As you may know, the company will not be able to change the retirement plan until the end of negotiations, as the collective agreement under section 28.01 (b) clearly indicates that the next “Wear Unifor Red” T-shirt is January 18, 2018. Unifor ACL members showed solidarity during the negotiations by wearing Unifor in red at work and posting photos and videos on social media. Bereavement leave: 5 days for death in the immediate family (spouse, common law partner, father and mother of the worker, spouse and general counsel, children of the worker, children of the worker`s spouse or partner, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, son of the worker, brothers and sisters of the employee, grandfather and grandmother of the worker, father and mother of the worker`s spouse or spouse , spouse or spouse of the father or general interest partner any parent who lives with the employee).