Brothers and Sisters,

Nominations have closed for the 2016 Executive Elections.

The dates of the election are the following:

  • Mail out of ballots will commence from March 8th 2016 to March 9th 2016.
  • Return ballot envelopes must be deposited by way of Canada Post no later than March 20th 2016 2400hrs.
    (Note any return ballot envelopes postmarked after March 21st 2016 will not be accepted or counted.)
    Spoiled ballots are those that do not clearly indicate the person voted for/and or otherwise marked in any way, including if the return envelope has been written/marked on, or tampered with. (There is a detailed explanation insert with the mailed out ballots.)
  • The Election will take place on March 24th 2016.

1996-O, 2016 Election candidates as follows:


  • Sam Snyders
  • Colum Lynn  

Vice President:

  • Lee Zommers
  • Nabil Nassar 


  • Chris Glover
  • Art McCrorie


  • Brian Lowery
  • Louis Donisi  
  • Janet Quigley


In Solidarity,

Local 1996-O

Special Meeting Report


Sisters and Brothers of Local 1996-O

On Sunday, February 28, 2016, Local 1996-O held a special meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto to talk about the future.

More than 500 were in attendance at this historic meeting, where they received a report from the Local Executive on the opportunities that exist to make fundamental improvements to our working conditions and to our collective bargaining strength.

Local President Sam Snyders delivered the presentation, based upon a new legal strategy which outlined how we could use the Canada Labour Code to our advantage, and a plan which could greatly improve our working lives.

Guest speakers included the Local Presidents from the other Bell Locals in the GTA– Brother Ray Mortimer from Local 26, Brother Jim White from Local 27C, Brother Doug Dutton from Local 52 and Brother Justin Connelly from Local 25. Together with Local 1996-0, these Local Presidents represent over half of the Bell and BTS technicians in Ontario and Quebec.

All of the Local Presidents spoke in favour of the following motion that was passed by over 90% of the Local 1996-O members in attendance:

“That the Local 1996-O executive continue to build alliances with other Bell and BTS locals and work with Unifor National to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that BTS members obtain the same rights and benefits as all other Bell members, and ensure that Bell and BTS can never again force members to scab against each other providing the majority of BTS locals agree.”

As President Sam Snyders stated at the meeting “We know that equality is achievable. We have a plan and are building a movement for change. It’s common sense”.

BCE, the best performing telecom stock!


In case you missed yesterday’s big financial news, BCE released adjusted Q4 earnings. It looks like they’re outperforming everyone else and the bottom line is healthier than ever:

BCE Inc. (BCE.TO 0.00%) is raising its dividend five percent after fourth-quarter adjusted earnings met expectations and amid what the company’s CFO calls a “very strong” financial foundation.

As Canadians continue to flock to wireless everything, consume media on our phones, watch TV online, etc., BCE and its shareholders are reaping the rewards.

“Bell’s operating momentum and financial foundation going into 2016 are very strong,” said Chief Financial Officer Glen LeBlanc in a statement. “We expect to drive growth in underlying adjusted net earnings and a healthy year-over-year increase in free cash flow.”

With Bell’s continued investment in capital spending programs ($3B last year, likely to stay the same), the future looks clear and bright.

We love BCE. They’re our livelihood. Our Partners. Their success is our success, right? That’s why we approach our work for them with the spirit that we do.

So, naturally, we can expect to benefit in our share of the healthy bottom line, rewards, and increased free cash flow, right? I mean, the only thing that might get in the way would be if that success was to some degree dependent on keeping us down.

“Overall, results show continued resiliency in operations and strong cost control – a BCE management hallmark,” wrote Desjardins Capital Markets analyst Maher Yaghi in a note to clients Thursday morning.

I, for one, certainly hope that “strong cost control” isn’t code for “squeezing our unions.”

The Business News Network report sums up what the news means well in both the written post quoted from above and the series of great video interviews with analysts that loops at the top. Everyone is excited about how BCE is growing according to expectations, benefitting from wireless adoption, and BCEs infrastructure profile relative to that of its competitors across Canada.

It’s all good news for BCE. Let’s make sure incoming RBC Chief Executive Officer Gord Nixon, who will be nominated as chairperson of BCE, recognizes us for the role our work plays in BCEs success, instead of reporting profits based on paying us less.

Come One, Come All

Your time is valuable. You know that. We know that. And the team at the Local 1996-O office make every effort we can for Bell to realize it. Your opinions are also very valuable. The membership meetings are an opportunity for us to see the strength of our numbers and to glean the collective wisdom of our crowd.

With your engagement and participation at the local level, we will share committee updates and Executive reports. We will listen to you, and it will inform how we structure our agenda to collectively act. How we move forward together. We must build a strong solidarity and be ready to act.

We ask that you participate and have your voice heard at the following Local Membership meetings:

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Grand Prix Kartways
75 Carl Hall Rd.
Toronto, M3K-2B9

Tuesday June 28, 2016
9 Dawes Rd.
Toronto, M4C-5A8

Sunday Sept 18, 2016
Local 252
1343 Matheson Blvd E.
Miss, L4W-1R1

Friday December 9, 2016
9 Dawes Rd.
Toronto, M4C-5A8

The dates and locations for this years meetings have been chosen to to make it easier for more of us to attend. We’ve spread the meeting locations out, and we’ve included two weekend meeting dates.

In Solidarity,


Sam Snyders
President, Local 1996-O
416 Health and Safety Co-Chair
Unifor Chairperson Workers with Disabilities
LRC Committee and JSDC Committee
Ont. Bargaining Rep
Telecommunications Industry Council Representative

Office 416-237-1996 cell 416-839-8151


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