Where have all our Structured Cabling Cable Pullers gone

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Where have all our Structured Cabling Cable Pullers gone

Apartment Building Residents at 185 Cosburn Ave. Toronto found Notices taped to their doors from Bell.

The Notice said Bell Technicians “will require access to certain areas of your Apartment Building, including all Apartment Units” for 4 consecutive days, starting August 8, 2016 from 9:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

Bell Technicians will be installing new Bell Gigabit Fibe fibre ISW-inside wiring in each Apartment Unit to ensure compatibility with our new Bell Gigabit Fibe fibre Technology and will be accompanied by a Representative appointed by your Building Property Management Team if your Apartment Unit is unoccupied when the Bell Technicians arrive.

“This initiative is supported by the Owner of your Building.”

A Resident of 185 Cosburn Ave. Toronto who asked to remain anonymous said she was startled to find the Notice on her door from Bell, saying that at some point over the 4 consecutive day period, Bell Technicians would be entering her Apartment Unit to install new Bell Gigabit Fibe fibre ISW-inside wiring.

At 9:30a.m. the following Monday, a Bell sub-contractor named “Bernie” and a Building Superintendent arrived unannounced at her Apartment Unit door and demanded entry to install the new Bell Gigabit Fibe fibre ISW-inside wiring.

The Resident at first refused Bell sub-contractor Bernieaccess but said she relented because she felt sorry for Bell sub-contractor Bernie“.

The Resident said Bell sub-contractor Bernie” told her he needed access to her Apartment Unit riser to wire the Apartments Units above. And if he didn’t, it would cost Bell sub-contractor Bernie$200.00 in lost pay.

The Resident said she finally agreed to allow access the next day, after Bell sub-contractor Bernie” told her he is paid $40.00 per Apartment Unit for new Bell Gigabit Fibe fibre ISW-inside wiring installations and that if he couldn’t get access to her Apartment Unit riser, he couldn’t wire the Apartment Units above.

Bell said its Bell Technicians connect Communication Infrastructure in the Apartment Building to Bell Fibre Network and may require access to individual Apartment Units to complete the work, even in cases where Service may not be immediately required.


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yet another example !


The local has been made aware of yet another example of Bell/BTS violating the Tripartite Agreement.

On a recent conference call with the Labour Relations Committee, the company announced that both BTS and Bell Craft would no longer be doing any pay phone (coin) installation or repair services as of May 23 or June 1, dependant on geographical locations. This work is being given to contractors – work that we have been doing since before 2005.

The bargaining unit is currently short on work and the majority of RPT’s in the province are not working 40 hours a week.

Clearly this is another violation of the signed agreement.

“Whereas, for the duration of this Agreement, Bell Canada has no intention to use contractors in regards to the work performed by Bell Technical Solutions in accordance to this agreement,”

“2. Bell Canada undertakes to give to its own employees who are members of the Craft and Services Employees bargaining unit, and/or to employees who are members of the BTS Craft Employees bargaining units, all the work defined in the Memorandum of Agreement – Jurisdiction of work, copy of which is attached hereto as Appendix B. More specifically, it is understood and agreed that the work performed by BTS on April 30, 2005 will continue to be performed by BTS.”

“9. This Agreement is made for the benefit of CEP and its members included in the BTS Craft Employees bargaining units for the duration of this agreement,”

The approximate 1200 contractors already hired to do structure cabling / fiber work, along with the current removal of a long standing job function is just another slap in the face and a disregard to the members.

This further violation needs to be included in our submission/statement of claim to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. The Local has advised Unifor Legal and Unifor National Officers of our position.

In Solidarity,

Sam Snyders

President, Local 1996-O


Day of Mourning


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National Day of Mourning


On Thursday April 28, we mark the National Day of Mourning as we stop to remember all those lost to workplace injury or illness.

In 2014, the last year statistics were released from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 919 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada, up from 902 the previous year. This represents more than 2.5 deaths every single day.

Parents, sons and daughters, siblings, dear friends and colleagues, their numbers tell the story. In the 20 years from 1995 to 2014, 18,039 people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 918 deaths per year).

It has been 25 years since Canada officially recognized the National Day of Mourning. Sadly, the need for this day is just as great now as it was a quarter century ago. As we look back to remember we also look forward as the work to prevent deaths, injuries and illness continues.

This year, Canadian unions are calling for a comprehensive national ban on asbestos. Asbestos is the number one cause of occupational death in Canada. Exposure to asbestos is a known cause of lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, with exposure claiming the lives of more than 2000 Canadians each year. Death from mesothelioma alone increased 60 per cent between 2000 and 2012.

Some progress has been made – as of April 1 construction materials that contain asbestos were banned by Public Services and Procurement Canada for use in government projects. But overall import of items that contain asbestos, such as brake pads and cement pipes, are on the rise.

We urgently need the federal government to completely outlaw the use, exportation and import of this known killer.

On April 28, pay tribute to our fallen workers by participating in local day of mourning commemorations. On April 28 remind your MP that safe work is a right, not a privilege, and call on all politicians to implement a comprehensive ban on asbestos so we can all breathe easier.

The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

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Movement Update!


Fighting for Equality – It’s Common Sense

“Your” Movement Update


On Sunday, February 28, 2016, Local 1996-O held a special membership meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto to discuss the ‘Fighting for Equality – It’s Common Sense’ campaign.

At the meeting, Local Presidents from the other Bell and BTS locals in the GTA spoke in favour of the campaign.

In the end, over 90% of the 500 members present voted in favour of a motion which authorized the Local executive to build more alliances with other Bell and BTS locals and to continue the fight for equality.

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Since that historic meeting, the Local executive has worked non-stop to build momentum for the campaign.

Here are some of the highlights:

Members from Bell and BTS locals across Ontario – from London, Kitchener, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor, and Peterborough have requested information about building the campaign in their locals.

The largest BTS Local in Quebec has contacted the executive on how to launch the campaign in their region.

The Bell and BTS members from Local 52 in Newmarket voted over 80% in support of the campaign.

The Bell members of Local 27C in Toronto will vote on a motion of support at their next Local meeting in April.

On March 2, Local 1996-O President Sam Snyders got a great reception when he spoke about the campaign to dozens of other Local officers and National Representatives at the Local Union Task Force meeting.

As President Snyders stated at the meeting “Local 1996-O is fighting for equality for BTS workers. We know that it is achievable. It’s common sense”.

Its common sense

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