BTS Rules for Bargaining Caucus – Letter to all Locals

Recognizing the importance that the voice of all members of 1996-O are heard, your Executive have appealed, won and changed the process by which the bargaining committee is chosen. There absolutely must be a 1996-O representative at the bargaining table to ensure we get a fair and equitable agreement for all 1996-O members. Your Executive are committed to get the best possible agreement and to keep you completely updated regularly. Your voice will be heard!

In Solidarity

Lee,  Brian,  Chris


To: All BTS Locals in Ontario
November 15, 2017
The National President’s Office received a complaint from Local 1996-O with regards to the
recent changes under the BTS Rules for Bargaining Caucus, in the selection of bargaining
representatives and alternates. It was raised that these new Caucus Rules are in violation of the
Unifor’s Constitution, 17:A:3;
3. The process for election of local bargaining committees shall be fair and representative.
This was reviewed by Rick Garant, Unifor Director of Constitutional Matters. He concluded that
the former CEP rules that elected a representative and an alternate in each of the three
geographical regions (North-East, Central, and South-West) adhered to Unifor’s Constitution
and guaranteed fair regional representation. The Caucus rules attached are amended to align
with the ruling and will be used for the 2017 BTS Bargaining Caucus taking place from
November 21 to 23, 2017.
In solidarity,
Tyson Siddall
Telecommunications Director
cc: Jerry Dias, Chris MacDonald, Rick Garant, Gary Beck and all National Representatives servicing BTS Locals
in Ontario.

BTS Rules Letter to All Locals

Remembrance Day November 11 2017


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.

Bell Performance Management Systems – Update

On September 5th a letter was sent to Bell Canada (Reno Vaillancourt Vice President, Human Resources & Labour Relations) from both National President Jerry Dias and Quebec Director Renaud Gagné regarding the Performance Road Map and our view that these systems must be fair, balanced and take in to consideration only things within the control of our members who are being evaluated through the various systems in place throughout the Bell family of companies.

Unifor National has since filed the following National Policy Grievance on November 3 2017

Unifor National Policy Grievance BTS-ON-17-04

OT Averaging Agreement and MOA Roll-out – Update

The MOS’s and OT Averaging agreement is being rolled out jointly to the province with both Management and a Trained Union Representative in each session to explain in detail the process and to answer any questions you may have.


Recently the Company and Unifor National had agreed to settle several National Policy Grievances as well as adopt an Overtime Averaging Agreement.

Local 1996-O Executive and BTS management have been jointly reviewing the MOA’s and OT Averaging Agreement for the upcoming joint roll-out to the Union Membership.

The following will be discussed:
In an attempt to improve the working environment and relationship, the
Company and the Union have agreed to settle 4 National Policy Grievances,
and have clarified the language on scheduling practices going forward.

National Policy Grievance: Agreements between BTS and Unifor
➢ Assigned <8 hours for PT employees on DOR/NGR
➢ Assigned <8 hours for FT employees on DOR
➢ Assigning FT employees to work overtime weekend shifts in excess of the limits (per status) of the CBA (Article 16.02 (f))
➢ Assigning FT employees when junior employees are available to be scheduled on regular and OT hours
➢Overtime Averaging Agreement

Averaging of Hours Agreement 2017

BTS – Minutes of Settlement National Policy Grievances