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Bell Clerical Workers Ratify Agreement That Includes Paid Domestic Violence Leave

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bell Clerical Workers Ratify Agreement That Includes Paid Domestic Violence Leave

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Bell clerical workers ratify new agreement

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TORONTO - Nearly 5,000 Unifor members at Bell Canada's clerical division have ratified a new collective agreement that gives Unifor jurisdiction over more current employees and includes paid domestic violence leave.

The national private-sector union says the four-year agreement includes wage increases, protections against job erosion and outsourcing, and adds more than 600 jobs to its bargaining unit that were previously not unionized.

Unifor says that over the past 10 years, clerical employees at Bell experienced a concerted strategy to cut the workforce that eliminated more than half of the jobs in the bargaining unit.

The union says mental health at work was also a central issue raised throughout the negotiations with clerical division at Bell. …

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