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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.
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