Bell Aliant workers in Atlantic Canada are proudly sporting union t-shirts as resumes in Halifax on Tuesday Oct 17.
The bargaining committee for Unifor Atlantic Communication Locals, which represents locals 506, 401, 410, 2289 want the employer to know how invested they are in making Bell Aliant a better place to work, which is why they are wearing red to work as a show of solidarity.
Bargaining began with Bell Aliant in April with little progress so far. Bell Aliant is seeking concessions in exchange for some of Unifor’s demands, but the bargaining team is standing firm to defend our priorities vigorously to reach a fair tentative agreement.
The bargaining committee is concerned about outsourcing and is committed to keeping and creating good jobs in Atlantic Canada.
“Unifor ACL members want their fair share of the company’s profit in the fiber optic project they built,” said Bob MacDonald, Unifor bargaining committee spokesperson.
Members want to be able to retire with dignity, and many have been waiting to enjoy the fruit of our hard work he said.
“There is no way we can allow the company to strip our early retirement clause and walk away from their commitment to contribute to our retirees medical plan,” said Roch Leblanc, Unifor National Representative and Senior Negotiator.