After negotiating 24 hours a day with Bell Technical Solutions, the Quebec and Ontario negotiating committees are pleased that an interim agreement has been reached. The committees unanimously recommended this interim agreement with the employer. After 24 days of negotiations with BTS, the negotiating deadline has been reached, but there is no agreement. Although some progress has been made, the union is far from the employer. Negotiations are continuing, but mobilization efforts are needed. The strength of a single membership will make a difference. Read more about the preliminary agreement in PDF As the Joint Committee enters its fifth week with the employer, discussions have focused on our proposals to resolve or absent issues related to work-life and private life, which are exposed to our members every day. The union focuses on our main issues of timing and overtime. On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Unifor`s joint bargaining committee began formal negotiations with Bell Technical Solutions (BTS) to negotiate a new contract for some 5,000 workers in Ontario and 2,700 in Quebec. You`ll find the latest news in the negotiating slips below. Not only is this the first round of negotiations with Bell Technical Solutions since Unifor`s inception in 2013, but the union has conducted a historic and united negotiation process that brings the people of Ontario and Quebec together around a common bargaining table. Such coordination of negotiations has never existed in Canada.
The premises at the negotiating table during the negotiations are: Locals 28, 30-O, 31.34-O, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39-O, 40-O, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 47, 48 and 1996-O in Ontario and locals 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 93, 98 and 176 in Qubec. In order to meet the needs of the members during these negotiations, the two negotiating committees working together are: the details of the ratification plan will be distributed shortly. The negotiating committees thank all members for their support and solidarity in these negotiations. Faced with the many common problems in Ontario and Quebec, we agreed on a series of negotiating rules to show our solidarity and strengthen our position in negotiations with the company. Current trading reports are available below. Priority themes in this round of negotiations include: equal pay for equal work for all workers in both regions, reconciling vocational training, ending forced overtime, improvements for part-time workers and paid leave for domestic violence. The key message to the employer is that fairness is long overdue for BTS technicians!.