Unifor ACL members vote 85 % to ratify a new Collective Agreement,
Bell Aliant workers from every corner of Atlantic Canada have voted 85% per cent to ratify a new collective agreement that was achieved after months of challenging bargaining.
“Our bargaining committee is grateful for the support and solidarity of our hard working members who made this agreement possible,” said Bobby MacDonald, Chair of Unifor ACL which represents locals 506, 401, 410 and 2289.
After eight tough sessions of bargaining, and an employer that was seeking major concessions, a collective agreement was reached that protects pensions and improves wages for the women and men who proudly built Bell’s first fibre optic network in Canada.
This contract brings job security, new employees, no consolidation of contact centres, reduced side by side contractors, 35% employee discount and improvements to the workplace including enhanced mental health initiatives and paid domestic violence leave,
Unifor ACL members demonstrated solidarity throughout the negotiations by wearing Unifor red at work in support of their bargaining committee, and posting photos and videos on social media.
“Our members have set a precedent for other Unifor locals to follow when it comes to sending a powerful message to an employer to demonstrate their deep resolve and solidarity in seeking a fair agreement,” said Roch Leblanc, National Representative.
Your Bargaining Committee
Susan Rice Sandy Brideau
Steve Howlett Stephane Lamoureux
Cullen Bolger David Fortner
Bobby MacDonald Roch Leblanc