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Bell craft bargaining bulletin #9
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2021

Please see bargaining bulletin #9 from the Bell Craft & Services bargaining committee

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Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin #8
Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2021

Please see bargaining bulletin #8 below

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Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin #7
Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2021

Please see bargaining bulletin #7 below

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Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin #6
Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021

Please see bargaining bulletin #6 attached below

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Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin 5
Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021

Please find below Bargaining Bulletin #5 from the Bell Craft and Services bargaining committee

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BTS Bargaining Committee Re: Repatriating WTTH
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020

Find a message from the BTS bargaining committee below regarding the repatriation of the wireless to the home internet product

In the coming months that work will be done by unionized employees as the company stops using contracted workers

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Bell Craft and Service Information Bulletin #4
Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2020

Find the Bell Craft and Services Information Bulletin #4 from the Bell Craft bargaining committee below

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Expertech Clerical Bargaining Bulletin #14 - Ratification Results
Posted: Wed Dec 9, 2020

Please find attached a Bargaining Bulletin from the Expertech Clerical bargaining committee with the results of their ratification vote

Expertech Craft Bargaining Bulletin #6 - Ratification Results
Posted: Wed Dec 9, 2020

Please find attached a Bargaining Bulletin from the Expertech Craft bargaining committee with the results of their ratification vote.

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Expertech Bargaining Bulletin #5 and Agreement in Principle
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2020

Find attached Expertech Bargaining Bulletin #5 which outlines the upcoming online roadshows and ratification vote

Also attached is the highlight Agreement in Principle

Bell Craft Services Bargaining Bulletin 3
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2020

Bargaining Bulletin #3 from Bell Craft and Services is below, click the preview image to read the bulletin

Bell Craft Services Bargaining Bulletin #2
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2020

Please find at the bottom Bargaining Information Bulletin #2 from Bell Craft and Services

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Expertech Craft & Clerical Bargaining Bulletin #12
Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2020

Please find attached below a bulletin from the Expertech Bargaining Committee announcing they have reached a tentative agreement

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2020 Vice Presidential Election Results
Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2020

The election for Vice President was held on November 10, 2020

The results are listed below in the document, thanks to all the members that voted and the election committee that ran the poles

Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin #1
Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2020

Below is a bargaining bulletin from the Bell Craft and Services Bargaining Committee

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2020 Executive Elections
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020

The 2020 election cycle at local 43 is underway. The nominations closed in the October meetings, this is how everything stands going into the November election:

  • President
    • Shawn Cowan
  • Vice-President
    • Melvin Maier
    • Doug Powell
  • Secretary Treasurer
    • Dave Wilson
  • Recording Secretary
    • Doug Powell
  • Bell
    • Chief Steward
      • Fern Lucarelli
    • Health & Safety
      • Grant Wingfelder
  • BTS
    • Chief Steward
      • Adam House
    • Health & Safety
      • Adam House
  • Expertech
    • Chief Steward
      • No nominations
    • Health & Safety
      • No nominations
  • Transervice
    • Chief Steward
      • No nominations
    • Health & Safety
      • No nominations

Any position which only had one nominee, that nominee was acclaimed the winner when the nominations closed. Elections will be held for the other positions (Vice president) in November. Voting will take place on November 9, reminder that there will NOT be a meeting that night as it was cancelled due to restrictions from the ongoing pandemic.

Alert: Smartphone privacy issue
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2020

Please find a memo below with information regarding a smart phone privacy issue.

Samsung smart phones have a feature that can reveal your full name to anyone that you call, the bulletin contains the information on how to turn this feature off

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Expertech Bargaining Update
Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020

Please find below an update from the Expertech Craft Bargaining Committee

This update announces that they will be starting negotiations on September 14th and outlines the process by which a delegate from each local will be able to observe the exchange of proposals

BTS Bulletin Re: Hours and Student Inward
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2020

Please find attached below a bulletin from the BTS Bargainin Committee regarding Hours and Student Inward

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Bell Craft Services Info Bulletin #1
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020

Linked below is a bulletin from the Bell Craft Services Bargaining Committee

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Expertech Clerical Bargaining Bulletin #11
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020

Below is an update from the Expertech Clerical Bargaining Committee

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Expertech Clerical Bargaining Bulletin 10
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020

Below is an Bulletin from the Expertech Clerical bargaining committe

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Message from Bell JLRC Concerning COVID and hazard pay
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2020

Attached is a message from the Bell Joint Labour Relations Committee concerning their ongoing efforts around covid-19 and hazard pay

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Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2020

Please find below a bullet from the BTS Ontario bargaining committee regarding the upcoming schedule which starts May 3

April 28 Day of Mourning 2020
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020

On April 28, Unifor joins workers across Canada to commemorate those injured or killed on the job. Collectively we are solemnly reminded that more needs to be done to protect the health and safety of workers - a particularly significant message during the crisis we face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we pause to reflect on the tragic, traumatizing and needless loss of life due to workplace injury and occupational disease, we also respond to the deaths that could have been avoided had employers and governments adequately responded to the current crisis. Essential frontline workers, particularly those in health care, are most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Unifor continues to fight for necessary prevention plans to save lives and minimize the risk of exposure to the virus by frontline workers across Canada.

We also take the time to remember workers across the globe who went to work and did not come home, especially the frontline workers who put their lives at risk everyday to serve the public, and those who are fighting for change.

Labour activists across Canada are demanding that employers take workers' health and safety concerns much more seriously and that all levels of government reinforce the vital right to refuse unsafe work. Now more than ever before, the voice of workers must be heard and listened to, and acted upon.

The best way to control any hazard is to systematically eliminate or remove it from the workplace, rather than relying on workers to reduce their personal exposure. The hierarchy of controls must prevail in order to protect workers in all workplaces, regardless of size or location. Since science on COVID19 is uncertain, we must follow " the precautionary principle" and err on the side of caution.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a vibrant light on prevention shortcomings. Workers are leading the movement, and calls-to-action, for safer workplaces. Today we thank them for their commitment to creating safe workplaces for all.

As we reflect on the importance of the day, the union will also pause to remember three Unifor members who lost their lives at work since last year's Day of Mourning:

  • John Iles | Local 222 Canada Cartage | December 23, 2019
  • Mohammed Hasan Bhai | Local 40 HBC Logistics | February 12, 2020
Message from Expertech Bargaining Committee RE: Covid-19
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2020

Please find a link below to a memo from the Expertech Baargaining Committee regarding the current covid-19 crisis

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020

To All Members of Local 43

Brothers and Sisters.

After receiving calls from some members, I am sending this memo to the membership to help clarify the communication sent out by Assistant to the President Chris MacDonald and Assistant to the Quebec Director John Calouri on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The memo I am referencing can be found at http://www.unifor43.org/bulletindocs/Members_entering_customer_premises.pdf

To be clear, if as an individual after you have done all the work you can from outside but you do not feel safe going into a customer's home or business you will need to call management and communicate that with them. The manager at that point must address the concern, which may include having another employee finish any work required in the home or business. The company feels that this should be achievable via their new Assisted Self Install / repair process, which by design puts the inside work in the hands of the customer. This will still likely have times where entry is required. It is the position of the National Union that "given all that is happening in the world that entering the home should be done on a volunteer basis only".

We continue to work with the Bell Family of Companies to ensure our members are provided a safe working environment and continue to have a reliable source of income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should you find yourself in any type of conflict with management regarding your decision to not enter into a customer premises, please contact your Local Union Representative and your Health and Safety Representative. They will be available to support you with your decision. It is our hope that we can avoid a work refusal, but are fully prepared to do so with the full support and backing of Unifor.

If you are unsure of your rights or you have any questions please contact your Local Union Representative and or Health and Safety Representative and we will provide you with answers as quickly as we can, understanding that the current landscape has been consistently in flux with changes being communicated weekly, daily and sometimes hourly by the government and its regulatory bodies as well from our employers.

Be Safe!

In Solidarity

Shawn Cowan

President Unifor Local 43

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020

Attached is a letter from Chris MacDonald and John Caluori stating the unions position that entering houses during the current COVID-19 pandemic should be voluntary

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020

As mentioned in a previous bulletin the BTS bargaining committee entered into an averaging of hours agreement.

This allows BTS techs to voluntarily work past the CLC (canada labour code) limit of 48 hours per week. It also explicitly states that management will not "intimidate, coerce pressure or threaten" any employee into working more than 48 hours

The actual signed agreement is available below, click the preview to open the agreement

COVID-19 Update and BTS Averaging of Hours Agreement
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020

Below is a memo from the BTS bargaining committee/LRC with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and an announcement of an averaging of hours agreement

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COVID-19 Update and BTS Averaging of Hours Agreement
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020

Below is a memo from the BTS bargaining committee/LRC with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and an announcement of an averaging of hours agreement

Click the preview below to read the memo

COVID-19 Update and BTS Averaging of Hours Agreement
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020

Below is a memo from the BTS bargaining committee/LRC with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and an announcement of an averaging of hours agreement

Click the preview below to read the memo

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Links
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020

There is now a separate site for Coronavirus links


Below are links to the official Unifor documents we took much of the information from for the Corona page

Bell Bargaining Proposals
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2020

To all Bell Members

It's time to get in bargaining proposals for Bell Craft's upcoming bargaining

Proposal forms can be obtained from any of the Bell Executives or Stewards or from the link below

Proposal forms must be signed and returned to any of Bell Exec or Stewards by April 3rd

If you use the online one, it must be filled out, printed, signed, scanned and emailed back to mail@unifor43.org

The People vs Conservative Cuts Rally
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020

On Saturday February 22, 2020 there will be a rally in front of the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls to coincide with the provincial Conservative party's policy convention

Local 43 will have a contingent there, anyone wishing to attend can contact Shawn Cowan or Doug Powell

WHEN:February 22


WHERE:6815 Stanley Ave, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagar Falls

For more general information on the rally CLICK HERE

Morris Master Retirement
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020

Come celebrate the retirement of Morris Masters after 40 years of service

January 31, 2020 @ 7pm

Cracker Jack's
207 Keefer Rd
Thorold, ON

Message from National President Jerry Diaz
Posted: Wed Oct 2, 2019

The following is a message from Unifor National President Jerry Diaz

In less than one month, Canadians will elect a new federal government. What you and I, and every member of our union, chooses to do in that time can shape not only the next four years in our country, but decades to come.

As President of our union, I spend a lot of time with workers who are taking on the worst challenges that anyone could face. I often only end up involved in local issues when things are going badly for workers. Looking ahead to the election on October 21, I don't want things to get worse for Unifor members.

I think of Jackie, from Local 222, who heard that General Motors planned to stop auto production in Oshawa. Then while campaigning to keep her plant open, Jackie found out she was expecting a child.

She didn't stop her campaign, she didn't sit it out, but I can tell you that she worried. Jackie now not only has to worry about trade deals, about labour law that favours greedy corporations, but also about the public services that we all rely on.

Public universal healthcare, affordable childcare, pensions, education and training. All of our families rely on these services, but all across the country, the public services that workers need are under attack from provincial conservative governments.

Jackie deserves better. So do you.

In this election, Canada's workers need to elect a government that will put workers first, to reverse the affordability crisis that's taken hold in urban and rural communities.

The next federal government must maintain public services like education, stop the Americanization of our healthcare system, and take on the big challenges ahead.

Just last Friday, millions of young people participated in the Global Climate Strike, actions that continue this week. Make no mistake, climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and workers are ready to rise to the challenge, but some federal parties seem to be too afraid to look at this reality head-on.

Instead, Andrew Scheer's Conservatives turn the other way, and cozy up to corporate lobbyists, White Supremacists, and anti-choice activists.

If Scheer's party wins, then Canada's workers will lose.

We can't let this happen, for today's workers, and for the generations that will come after us.

In this election, I'm voting to Stop Scheer. Are you with me?

Take the pledge today.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
Unifor National President http://www.uniforvotes.ca/


Dans moins d'un mois, les Canadiennes et Canadiens éliront un nouveau gouvernement fédéral. Ce que vous et moi, et tous les membres de notre syndicat, choisissons de faire au cours de cette période peut façonner non seulement les quatre prochaines années dans notre pays, mais les décennies à venir.

En tant que président de notre syndicat, je passe beaucoup de temps avec des travailleuses et travailleurs qui doivent relever les pires défis auxquels on puisse être confronté. Souvent, je ne m'implique dans les affaires locales que lorsque les choses vont mal pour les travailleuses et travailleurs. Dans la perspective des élections du 21 octobre, je ne veux pas que les choses empirent pour les membres d'Unifor.

Je pense à Jackie, de la section locale 222, qui a entendu dire que General Motors prévoyait arrêter la production automobile à Oshawa. Alors qu'elle faisait campagne pour garder son usine ouverte, Jackie a appris qu'elle attendait un enfant.

Elle n'a pas arrêté de faire campagne, mais je peux vous dire qu'elle est inquiète. Jackie doit maintenant se préoccuper non seulement des impacts des accords commerciaux, des lois du travail qui favorisent les entreprises cupides, mais aussi de l’avenir des services publics dont nous dépendons tous.

Des soins de santé publics universels, des services de garde abordables, des pensions, de l'éducation et de la formation. Toutes nos familles comptent sur ces services, mais partout au pays, les services publics dont les travailleuses et travailleurs ont besoin sont attaqués par les gouvernements provinciaux conservateurs.

Jackie mérite mieux. Vous aussi.

Lors de cette élection, les travailleuses et travailleurs canadiens doivent élire un gouvernement qui les fera passer en premier, afin d'inverser la crise de l’abordabilité qui sévit dans les collectivités urbaines et rurales.

Le prochain gouvernement fédéral doit maintenir des services publics comme l'éducation, arrêter l'américanisation de notre système de santé et relever les grands défis qui nous attendent.

Vendredi dernier, des millions de jeunes ont participé à la grève mondiale pour le climat, des actions qui se poursuivent cette semaine. Ne vous y trompez pas, les changements climatiques sont l'un des enjeux les plus pressants de notre époque et les travailleuses et travailleurs sont prêts à relever le défi, mais certains partis fédéraux semblent avoir trop peur de regarder cette réalité de front.

Au lieu de faire face à la réalité, les conservateurs d'Andrew Scheer vont dans la direction opposée et se rapprochent des lobbyistes d'entreprises, des tenants de la suprématie blanche et des militants anti-choix.

Si le parti de Scheer gagne, les travailleuses et travailleurs canadiens seront perdants.

Nous ne pouvons pas laisser cette situation se produire, ni pour les travailleuses et travailleurs d'aujourd'hui, ni pour les générations qui viendront après nous.

Dans le cadre de cette élection, je vote pour arrêter Scheer. Êtes-vous avec moi?

Engagez-vous dès aujourd’hui.

En toute solidarité,

Jerry Dias
Président national d’Unifor
Changes to Labour Code
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019
As requested in the last union meeting, below are some links about the changes to the Canada Labour Code that took effect September 1, 2019

Canada Labour Code Part 3 Summary

Labour Standards Interpretation Documents
New Bell Real talk Flyer
Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019

Find below a pdf containing the newest flyer for the Bell Real talk campaign

For more information on Bell Real talk go to bellrealtalk.ca

Unfair Labour Practice complaint
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019

Below is a message from Assistant to the National President Chris MacDonald and Assistant to the Quebec Director John Calouri saying that the National has filed "an Unfair Labour Practice complaint against Bell Canada for their failure to disclose the scope of the Wireless to the Home project".

Click the preview icon below to read the entire letter

10 Years of job erosion
Posted: Wed May 15, 2019

The following is quoted from an email addressing the blog post in the link, it comes from the Unifor National


Check out the new Bell Real Talk blog that details a decade of erosion in Bell bargaining units.

"Over the past 10 years, Bell has slashed the number of unionized employees in nearly every unit. This is not a well-kept secret, with Bell employees witnessing the job erosion through various tactics. Erosion continues despite all bargaining committees trying to address this at the bargaining table.

Where did the jobs go? Bell has automated some, and sent others overseas or to domestic contractors.

The only job growth in the last 10 years has been in the Bell Technical Solutions (BTS) group. A company that was founded to contract out technical work for lower pay.

Unifor has fought to defend members in BTS and raise standards for them. Now, even this prosperous unit has been passed over for the next major project Bell is in the process of launching."

Read more here, and share the Bell Real Talk with your members.


In solidarity,
Chris MacDonald
Assistant to the National President

John Caluori
Assistant to the Quebec Director
Friday may 17 #Idahotb
Posted: Wed May 15, 2019

Friday May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

For more information on the day or events you can visit may17.org

See below for a pdf containing a message from Unifor National President Jerry Dias

Reversal of Bell Craft Layoffs
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019

Below is a a bulletin from the Bell Craft bargaining committee officially announcing the reversal of the recent layoffs from that bargaining unit

Click the preview below to read the bulletin

Bell real talk
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019

Recently a handout campaign was conducted by locals across the province promoting bellrealtalk.ca giving members a chance to share their story about how the current corporate culture at Bell is effecting them

For anyone who didn't get a flyer a scan of the front and back is attached below

Union response to Bell Craft Layoffs
Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019

Below are two documents from the Unifor National concerning the recent layoffs in the Bell Craft bargaining unit and the outsourcing of the WTTH project

Click the previews below to read the full documents

Bell Craft JLRC Bulletins RE: Force Adjustment
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019

Please find below 2 bulletins from the Bell Canada Craft & Services JLRC regarding the discussions with the company about force adjustment of the bargaining unit

Click the previews below for the full document

Unifor Day at Canadas Wonderland
Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019

Unifor Family Day at Canada's Wonderland is Sunday June 23, 2019

To find out more click the link or the preview of the flyer below


Arbitration Award re Bell Craft vacation grievance
Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019

Find attached a pdf of the Arbitration Award for Bell Craft vacation grievances

BTS Member Alert
Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019

Attached is a bulletin advising members to thoroughly check their pay, specifically that overtime hours are being calculated and paid or banked correctly

Save Oshawa GM: Message from Jerry Dias
Posted: Wed Feb 6, 2019


Please take 1 minute right now to save Canadian jobs. Can you take the pledge to Boycott Mexican-Made General Motors vehicles?

If enough Unifor members, friends and families sign the pledge, then we can pressure GM dealerships and management. GM needs to get the message that Canadians will not forgive them for this betrayal.

The closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant would result in the loss of thousands of Canadian jobs, taking livelihoods away from the very people who bailed GM out when it was facing bankruptcy.

GM believes it is untouchable as it takes advantage of low pay and a lack of human and labour rights in Mexico while it tramples Canadian workers and communities.
Let GM and your local dealerships know that you pledge to boycott Mexican-made GM vehicles, unless they reverse their decision and Save Oshawa GM.

Already taken the pledge? Share the link with your friends and tell them why supporting Canadian auto jobs is important to you. Need more information? Read why and how to support the pledge to boycott.

Download and share the Union Made Vehicle Purchase Guide.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias Unifor National President
Expertech Bargaining Proposal Form
Posted: Wed Feb 6, 2019

Below is a link to the Expertech Craft & Services bargaining proposal form

If you wish to submit a bargaining proposal, please print this form, fill it out, sign it and return it to President Cowan by March 22, 2019

The form can be filled out and mailed to the local, scanned and emailed to scowan@unifor43.org or handed in in person (see meeting section for local meeting dates)

Click link before for form

Memo Regarding Weekends off for BTS employees
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019

This is a memo from Tyson Siddall, Telecommunications Director and the BTS bargaining committee to all BTS members regarding the number of weekends off that full time employees are entitled too.

Click the attachment below to view the full memo

Save Oshawa GM
Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018
Action is needed now to #SaveOshawaGM:

Visit SaveOshawaGM.ca to order a free #SaveOshawaGM ornament to display on your tree and on social media using the hashtag #SaveOshawaGM. Please encourage your friends and family to sign up for an ornament as the number of people who register is a solid indicator of community support that we can point to.

At the SaveOshawaGM.ca website you will also find a letter to email to GM executives telling them to allot product to the Oshawa Assembly Plant.

Take a minute to click and send this important email. #SaveOshawaGM t-shirts are also available for purchase on the site, or using this form.

This is a crucial time in the campaign and together we need to put as much public pressure as possible on GM. The company and its executives must hear our outrage and understand the consequences of their decision in terms of reputational and financial harm to the GM brand.

We need everyone to get active on social media to get this message out. Like Facebook.com/SaveOshawaGM and follow @SaveOshawaGM on Twitter. Use the #SaveOshawaGM and #Unifor hashtags and tag in @GM, @GMcanada and CEO @mtbarra. Lets see those pictures with your #SaveOshawaGM ornament!

Graphics for use on social media are attached.

Thank you for your support.

Jerry Dias Unifor National President
MOA for BTS Structured Cabling Division
Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018
A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed regarding the BTS Structured Cabling Division.

See the agreement attached below.
Free Family Skate Dec 31, 2018
Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018
The Unifor Organizing Department invites all members to bring their family's out for New Year's Eve skate (December 31st) at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls.

When? Monday December 31, 2018 11am to 1pm
Where? The Gale Centre (Main Rink) 5152 Thorold Stone Road in Niagara Falls.

See attachment for official invite
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018

Express you opinions on how performance management affects you as a telco worker with this survey.

Please fill out the survey on a personal phone or computer, not a company device, and not during work hours (takes about 10 minutes)


Memo to BTS members regarding consecutive days of rest
Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018

Memo from the bargaining committee to BTS memebers in response to the email sent out by the company on Monday Sept 17th.

Specifically outlining the bargaining committees ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict with the employer on consecutive days of rest

Social Committee BBQ
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018

The Local 43 social committee invites all members and their families to come out to Memorial Park in Welland on August 26th for a BBQ.

From 11am - 4pm Hot dogs, Hamburgers and Soft drinks will be provided.

Memorial Park is located in the South-East of Welland and has a pool and splash pad, for driving directions CLICK HERE

BTS Bulletins regarding ongoing issues with company
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018

Two bulletins are posted below from the Bargaining Committee, detailing the ongoing issues BTS members are facing.

First bulletin talks about the consecutive DOR's and how BTS has decided to schedule using the 6x4 model. Resulting in some members losing some guaranteed regular hours due to uncontrolled overtime.

Second bulletin details issues involving part time employees not being scheduled their quarterly weekend properly and overtime/regular hours not being paid out correctly

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018

This is a Question and Answer document about the new BTS CBA.

Contains answers to some common questions that members have been asking.

BTS Employees Return to Labour Canada Max 48 hrs Per week
Posted: Thu Jun 7, 2018

Letter explaining not renewing the averaging of hours agreement for the BTS bargaining unit

Unifor Summer Events in Niagara
Posted: Tue Jun 5, 2018

Announcement from the National, looking for local members to participate in two events taking place in June in Niagara;

Pride in the Park Festival: June 9th 1200pm to 1030pm in Montebello Park in St. Catharines

Welland Rose Festival Parade: Sunday June 24th

Details on both events are in the attached document

BTS Contract Signed
Posted: Wed May 30, 2018

The new collective agreement for the BTS bargaining unit has finally been signed and a digital copy released.

PDF version is available at the bottom of this bulletin or in the contracts section of the website

Update on BTS contract signing re: consecutive DORs
Posted: Tue May 29, 2018

This is an update from the BTS bargaining committee about why the new contract has not been signed yet.

The implementation of consecutive DORs for fulltime employees is still an issue.

BTS Tentative Agreement Ratified
Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018

The BTS tentative agreement has been ratified. With 50.24% of members who voted, voting yes. For the official announcement CLICK HERE

The new tentative agreement will take effect on May 7, 2018

BTS Ratification Meeting
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018

The date for the Niagara Ratification meeting/roadshow is February 26th. It will be held at the Peninsula Inn in Niagara Falls and run from 7pm to 11pm.

BTS members will be able to vote on the tentative agreement (available here) and ask questions of the bargaining commitee.

The Address of the of the Peninsula Inn is:
Peninsula Inn Resort
7373 Niagara Square Drive
Niagara Falls, ON

CLICK HERE for directions

Transervice Reaches Tentative Agreement
Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018

The Transervice Joint Bargaining Committee has reached a tentative agreement. CLICK HERE or the preview below, to read the official announcement

BTS Bargaining Updates
Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017

BTS officially starts bargaining on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. As bargaining updates flow down they will be posted here as quickly as possible. Our own local president Shawn Cowan is one of four members chosen to be on the bargaining committee representing Ontario (Quebec is at the same table, with it's own members).

Bulletins listed below, with the newest on top:

BTS to begin early bargaining
Posted: Thu Nov 2, 2017

This is an update from Tyson Siddall the Director of Telecommunication for Unifor about the upcoming BTS bargaining

To summarize:

  • Bargaining will begin on December 4th towards a deadline of January 31, 2018
  • Tripartite Agreement has been extended until January 31, 2018
  • Collective agreement still expires on May 6, 2018
  • No strike or lockout can commence before June 7, 2018


Settlement of National Policy Grievances and Averaging of Hours Agreement
Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017

Below are links to the minutes of the settlement of BTS national policy grievances and the new averaging of hours agreement.

National Policy Greivance Settlement

Averaging of Hours Agreement

NOTE: Both of these agreements will be explained in person, with both union and management present. Any questions will be answered then.

BTS bargaining proposal forms for 2018 contract
Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017

The bargaining proposal forms for the upcoming BTS contract in 2018 are available to be filled out by all BTS members here.

Electronically filled out forms must be printed and signed. They can then either be deposited in the box located at the BTS work centre on Dunlop or scanned and emailed to the local.

Proposals must be submitted by September 25, 2017

You could also attend the next scheduled union meeting on September 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm and drop the form off in person.

New Website
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017
The new unifor 43 website is live, more updates coming soon.
Bell craft bargaining bulletin #9
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Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin #8
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Bell Craft Bargaining Bulletin #7
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