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Unifor Local 7

President
Patty Deschamps
Vice President
Jackie Prynne
Treasurer
Cathy Mitchell

Site last updated
February 21, 2020


Bargaining Underway with Bell MTS

Unifor Local 7 opened bargaining on February 11 with BellMTS. This is where the concerns of our members about job security were brought to the table and we gave our proposals to the Company. This is a very different set of negotiations for Unifor Local 7. It is the first set where Bell is fully in control of the company and directs the local BellMTS company bargaining team. The Unifor bargaining committee saw this first hand when bargaining was suspended early until we meet again on our next scheduled bargaining date of March 10. The Company could not respond to our members' proposals and concerns until Bell has a chance to review them. MTS employees have felt the effects of Bell’s ownership. Since Bell took over there has been a steady migration of good-paying jobs from Manitoba to minimum wages jobs in Ontario. The Local has seen the erosion of more than 200 jobs since the Bell acquisition. Our members' concerns on job loss and security will be addressed at the bargaining table. Negotiation update bulletins and website updates will be among the many ways we will be reaching out to members during this set of negotiations. If you would like to receive bargaining updates by email please provide your personal, non-work email address to Local 7 at president@uniforlocal7.ca

More Money for AAA Alarms Members

Unifor Local 7 members employed at AAA Alarms have voted to ratify a new union contract. One of the highlight of the agreement is that members will receive a 2% wage increase every year for three years.

Boycott Co-op

The approximately 600 Unifor members employed at the Co-Op refinery in Saskatchewan have been locked out by their employer since December 5. The refinery continues to operate using replacement workers. When our members are at work in the refinery, it makes $3 million a day. Why were our members locked out? Because they said NO to concessions from a massively profitable company. Until the lockout ends with a suitable collective agreement, please boycott your local Co-op. More information about this dispute can be found on the website of Unifor Local 594 which represents the workrs - and on the Unifor natioal website where you can sign up for updates and for more ways you can support locked-out Co-op Refinery workers.

Have a Real Talk About Bell

In the next few weeks, your stewards will be approaching you to fill out a I Pledge to Fight card. It's one way for you to join other telecom workers across Canada who are standing up against a corporate giant. The Goals of this campaign are to eliminate Stacked Ranking, stop job erosion and outsourcing and build supportive workplaces. We are saying enough is enough so please let's push back. Another way to participate is to register at www.bellrealtalk.ca to volunteer for future events or share your story.

Moving? New email address? Let us Know!

Contract negotiations with Bell MTS are underway - making it more important than ever that the union know how to contact you. If you've moved to a new residence, changed your email address, cell phone or home phone number, or made any other changes to your personal information, please call the Local 7 office at 204-988-1408, or email us at president@uniforlocal7.ca and give us the updated information.

The News from UNIFOR

The national UNIFOR newsletter, called Uniforum, is available online. To download PDF copies of it, click here. There are also copies of several other Unifor newsletters available from this site.