BTS Clerical Bargaining update


Day 2 of bargaining…….

The Committee saw the continuance of non monetary items and progress is being made. Our hope by end of day 3  will be to complete any outstanding language items and move towards the memberships monetary proposals


In Solidarity,


Lee, Robin, Ron

Remembrance Day November 11 2018


Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts.

Why Remember?

Canadians departing for active service in Europe during the Second World War, 1940.
(Library and Archives Canada C-38723)

We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.1

A Canadian soldier kneels at grave of fallen comrade in the United Nations Cemetery, Korea, April 1951. (Library and Archives Canada PA 128813)

These wars touched the lives of Canadians of all ages, all races, all social classes. Fathers, sons, daughters, sweethearts: they were killed in action, they were wounded, and thousands who returned were forced to live the rest of their lives with the physical and mental scars of war. The people who stayed in Canada also served—in factories, in voluntary service organizations, wherever they were needed.

Yet for many of us, war is a phenomenon seen through the lens of a television camera or a journalist’s account of fighting in distant parts of the world. Our closest physical and emotional experience may be the discovery of wartime memorabilia in a family attic. But even items such as photographs, uniform badges, medals, and diaries can seem vague and unconnected to the life of their owner. For those of us born during peacetime, all wars seem far removed from our daily lives.

Funeral service for Canadians at Bramshott during the First World War.
(Library and Archives Canada PA 4850)

We often take for granted our Canadian values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, and our right to live under a government of our choice. The Canadians who went off to war in distant lands went in the belief that the values and beliefs enjoyed by Canadians were being threatened. They truly believed that “Without freedom there can be no ensuring peace and without peace no enduring freedom.”2

By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believed that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.

During times of war, individual acts of heroism occur frequently; only a few are ever recorded and receive official recognition. By remembering all who have served, we recognize their willingly-endured hardships and fears, taken upon themselves so that we could live in peace.

Unifor Survey closes November 12, Have your Voice Heard!!


Survey closes on Monday November 12,2018

Please fill out the survey today, on a personal phone or computer- not your company computer- and not during work hours.


Last week, your union reached out and asked you to join a conversation.

This conversation asks a simple question, do performance management programs actually help you perform better at work?

To answer this question, members in the telecommunications sector are participating in a massive membership survey. Have you filled out the survey yet? Click here to get started now.

As the CRTC is looking into the effects of high-pressure sales tactics, your union wants to learn more about the underlying causes of this pressure.How does your company’s performance management system affect you as an employee?

Your story matters. Add your voice to this survey today- and make sure that your experiences are counted.

We won’t share any personal or identifying information with the employer ever. But your union will be able to use your confidential responses to make the case for changing these structures. Through our collective voice, we can make jobs in telco good jobs for current and future Unifor members.

If you already did the survey, then we still need your help! Talk to your coworkers about the survey; tell them why you filled it out, and why they should too.

For more information and materials, visit the campaign cage on the national website.

In solidarity,

Chris MacDonald                                    John Caluori
Assistant to the National President            Assistant to the Quebec Director

BTS Clerical Bargaining Update



Sisters and Brothers, On Wednesday November 7, 2018, the BTS Clerical Bargaining Committee along with Local 1996-O Executive met for their first Mobilization with its members at the Argentia Rd. offices.  The Bargaining Committee consists of Lee Zommers, Robin Whaley and Ron Hori of Unifor Local 1996-O. All unit members as a first step in regards to the Clerical Bargaining have had opportunity to voice concerns openly of their committee, and we thank all for the prior Bargaining Proposal submissions.

Members were given Unifor Local 1996-O Bargaining T-shirts and lanyards and were asked as a show of solidarity to wear them daily while working.

The Bargaining Committee are very hopeful that an agreement that is both equitable and progressive for its members can be reached in a timely manner and we are prepared to work tirelessly to this end.

Bargaining of this contract officially commences on Monday November 12, 2018. The Bargaining Committee will ensure full openness and transparency with the Unit members. Please stay informed by visiting all Social media outlets as well as the Local Website for further communications.              Let’s bargain!!

During this meet and greet, the Clerical members were also asked to fill out the Unifor National Performance Management Survey that is currently being completed by all Telco members in Canada.

Click here to get started now.

In Solidarity,

Lee, Robin, Ron






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