BTS Bulletin 7/13/2018

July 17, 2018
Sisters and Brothers,

As part of an ongoing effort to keep members informed of the issues and discussions that we
are having with the employer, we will be continuing to write bulletins for distribution when
required. Having said that, we will try to keep the bulletins as short as possible; understanding
that some topics may require more detail than others.

Most of the disagreements and grievances so far this year are related to work scheduling and
Workforce Management. As this is being written, we still have no resolutions to the issues below.
Individual grievances continue to be filed around the Province by Locals. A National
Policy Grievance has been filed on Consecutive Days of Rest for full-time employees.


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BTS Bulletin 7/13/2018

July 13, 2018
Sisters and Brothers,
We are writing this letter as part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed of issues currently facing members of the Bell Technical Solutions bargaining unit. The Committee met with the Company in a series of scheduled meetings. As a result, we have become aware of some important issues regarding scheduling and the working of overtime.
As many of you have now seen on your work schedules, the company has decided to start scheduling full-time employees around the province on a 6×4 during a pay period with no explanation or notice as per the Canada Labour Code. This language is old and not commonly used but has been there since the creation of the Company.
When an employee is on a 6×4 schedule in the pay period, in the first week all six days are regular hours of work and the four days in the 2nd week are regular hours as well. This is outlined in Article 16.02 b), and as such no overtime rate applies to the 6th day in week one.

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Participate in the federal government’s online pharmacare consultation


Have your say on how Canada implements a national pharmacare plan. The federal government has opened comments and a poll for members of the public to share thoughts about the high cost of prescription medication, and what we can collectively do to fix it.

Join the discussion here.

“Unifor members know that the time to act is now – together we need to demand universal pharmacare for everyone, regardless of income, age, or where the person works or lives,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “If we want a truly universal system to become a reality in this country, then we need to make sure the federal government hears this call loud and clear.”

As many as 8.4 million Canadians have no prescription drug coverage at all; this disproportionately affects women and young workers. In addition to this, Canada’s spotty prescription coverage system is inefficient and expensive, with Canadians paying wildly different rates and receiving grossly inconsistent coverage.

Recent studies show a national drug plan through bulk purchasing and negotiated pricing with drug manufacturers could lower the costs of drugs enough to finance a full pharmacare system with no increase to government costs. The federal Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) estimates minimum savings of at least $4 billion annually based on the most comprehensive drug coverage, while other estimates include savings of up to $ 11 billion.

“A robust, national pharmacare program is critical for Canada’s success in a global economy,” said Andy Savela, Director of Health Care. “Participating in this discussion with the federal government is one way for Unifor members to advocate for a universal, national pharmacare plan.”