Vice-President’s Message - August 22, 2019 Email Outage

August 22, 2019 - Your Local Union 1944 wishes to convey our gratitude to you for your phone calls into our offices regarding the email outage. Rest assured our number one priority is your job and your job protection. Your Union has been in communication with Telus regarding their use of managers on the front lines. Naturally, we object to the use of management in customer-facing roles. 

However, article 8.03 of the collective agreement allows the Company to use non-bargaining unit employees to perform bargaining unit work during an emergency, or other unforeseeable or unpreventable circumstances. As this was one of those circumstances, Local 1944 will not be filing any grievances.

Additionally, the Company, in its efforts to manage the situation, is offering overtime to anyone in the affected areas who wishes to work it.

In our ongoing discussions with the Company as we monitor this situation, we acknowledge that this is a temporary measure and one we expect to end in the immediate future. Again, we thank you for your vigilance and value your attentiveness. Each of you are the keepers of our Collective Agreement and are appreciated, keep up the outstanding work! 

In Solidarity,

Donna Hokiro, Vice-President of USW Local 1944