Unifor Local 1996-O members ratify new collective agreement

Economic gains and contracting work into the bargaining unit characterize a new agreement ratified by 64 Unifor members working in a Bell clerical unit in Ontario.

“Local 1996-O’s clerical unit is the nerve centre for many of Bell Technical Solutions’ operations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “I’m proud that they were able to achieve a new collective agreement that reverses job erosion.”

The new four-year agreement includes as much as a two per cent wage increase in each year. The agreement creates new full-time work and guarantees hours for part-time workers. Health premium costs to workers will be reduced under the new contract and Personal Emergency Leave will be protected—something slashed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“Premier Doug Ford is making work in Ontario less safe and less stable. It was important to our bargaining committee that we do everything we could to protect workers’ rights that are eroding elsewhere,” said Lee Zommers, Local 1996-O President.

In the new contract, Local 1996-O joins dozens of Unifor locals across the country with the inclusion of an employer-sponsored Woman’s Advocate in the workplace.


‘Planning for your Future’

Are you taking the VSP package?…Need some help planning for retirement?…..see the open letter below and click the link for more information

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Unifor Local 1285 is hosting a ‘Planning for your Future’ seminar to be held Saturday, January 12th.


Please see the attached notice.  All Unifor members in the area are invited to attend, and are welcome to include their spouse/partner in the session.


Pre-registration is mandatory.  Please contact Unifor Local 1285 at the phone number on the attached flyer, before the registration deadline of Monday, January 7th, 2019, to ensure meals and materials will be available for you.



In solidarity,


Michelle Barrett

Donation to Daily Bread Food Bank – Fighting Hunger


Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread provides food and support and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA.

We had the pleasure of meeting these great people and organization to present a donation totaling $5000 on behalf of Unifor Social Justice Fund and the Ontario Regional Council. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. It was a pleasure to meet the many volunteers that are dedicated and serve their communities on a daily basis to help eliminate poverty. Click the links below to find out where you can volunteer.

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer?…Click the link



In Solidarity,

Lee, Brian, Chris