Bell Aliant workers in Atlantic Canada vote to ratify new agreement

Bargaining went on for eight sessions: Unifor

Bell Aliant workers across Atlantic Canada voted 85 per cent to ratify a new collective agreement that was achieved after months of challenging bargaining.

“Our bargaining committee is grateful for the support and solidarity of all the hard working members who made this agreement possible,” said Bobby MacDonald, chair of Unifor ACL which represents locals 506, 401, 410, and 2289.

After eight tough bargaining sessions with an employer that was seeking major concessions, a collective agreement was reached that protects pensions and improves wages, said the union.

The new contract reinforces job security with new language and brings 36 positions into the bargaining unit as unionized members. Other provisions ensure there is no consolidation of Bell Aliant contact centres and reduced use of contractors. Improvements also enhance mental health initiatives, fair and reasonable performance measurements for all members, along with paid domestic violence leave, according to Unifor.

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