Unifor Press release re Bell Layoffs and WTTH

Unifor National

Bell Canada issues layoff notices while outsourcing Wireless to the Home project

April 18, 2019

TORONTO– Unifor cries foul at Bell Canada’s decision to layoff technicians and outsource major Wireless to the Home project.

“By issuing layoff notices with one hand and contracting out work with the other, Bell is continuing its long history of job erosion at Bell Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.  “The launch of a program like Wireless to the Home should be good news for people who work at Bell, but instead the company chose to exclusively hire non-union contractors.”

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, 76 technicians received layoff notices from Bell Canada across Ontario and Quebec.

Bell’s Wireless to the Home project is a large-scale investment connecting rural Canadians with wireless high-speed internet, launching first in Ontario and Quebec. The federal government provides funding to Bell for many rural projects, likely including this one. Federal government investment needs to support good jobs.


Press Release Bell Layoffs and WTTH Apr 18.19

Woman’s Advocate Local 1996-O



We would like to extend congratulations to newly trained Woman’s Advocate for BTS Clerical, Robin Whaley, we know she will do a tremendous job in this role advocating for members


In Solidarity,


Lee, Brian, Chris

Unifor 1996-O Scholarships – Deadline Approaching, Submission due May 31 2019


The deadline is fast approaching to get your application submitted.

We in Local 1996-O are concerned about the lives of our members’ families and their education.  Due to high tuition fees we recognize that post-secondary education is out of reach for many working-class. To assist, we’ve established 2 scholarships worth $1,000.00 each. One in memory of the late Brother, Milos Petrasinovic and Brother, Alwa Marcelle.

The scholarships are awarded to sons/daughters of Unifor 1996-O members in good standing.  Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution. 

These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

Deadline for submitting an application is May 31 2019

The selection of candidates will be chosen no later than June 28, 2019 and will be final.

Click here to download the 2019 application.