Shaw Cablesystems intends on downsizing their workforce in British Columbia

April 15, 2020 - Last week, Shaw Cablesystems notified the Union that they intended to downsize their workforce under our Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford collective agreements. They proposed to do this through a voluntary exit package.

We do not endorse this deal, nor did we play any significant part in negotiating it, apart from obtaining an extension of 3 months dental and benefits and 6 months of the “staff rate” on personal internet and cable for those that accept the offer. The monetary offer itself we had no part of and no say in, despite our ask to enhance the financial package. We are, however, allowing the company to present what they feel are adequate departure packages in this economic climate.

While contemplating this package’s impact on our members’ future, we ask that they consider important things like extended health benefits, job prospects in the broader community at this time of shut in, and the consequences their families may face during these extremely difficult economic times. The Union leadership is always available to answer any questions or concerns.

In Solidarity,

USW Local 1944