President's Messages

January 22, 2021 - Dear members,

Thank you everyone for exercising patience as I try to work through the Holiday coding issues with Telus (see previous Acting President’s Message here).

They are firm in their position that they made an honest mistake and that they corrected that mistake by applying the language of the collective agreement.

They do not believe harm was caused to anyone.

January 8, 2021 - To those affected by the coding issues regarding the statutory holidays of the Christmas break, I have been in constant contact with the Acting Director of Telus Labour Relations since Christmas Eve day. I am grateful for the many members who have flagged this as an issue and for all of the emails I have received. I am acutely aware of your frustration and the disruption in your lives that this has caused. This is why since December 24th, the Acting Director and myself have been working on this very important issue.

November 27 - The election for your bargaining committee has taken place and the votes counted. As previously communicated, we announced that you, the Telus members, would be an integral part in the selection of your committee in a brand new way. One member – one vote. You the members would decide collectively. We made sure that each province and each classification would be fairly represented, based on the applicable number of members in any one province. In doing so, we designed the ‘silo’ approach.

August 19, 2020 - As summer starts to think about winding down, we reflect on what kind of summer, and in fact, what kind of year it has been up until now, and what lays ahead for the rest of 2020 and beyond. While COVID-19 has certainly thrown a massive-sized wrench into our daily lives and the lives of our families, friends and communities and continues to do so, we stand united in a common purpose; the health and wellbeing of each other.
July 16, 2020 - I hope you’re doing well and are staying safe. I’d like to advise all Local members that David Skrober has resigned, effective today, from his position of Regional Executive Officer Alberta on the Local 1944 Executive Board. The Board thanks Brother Skrober for his dedicated and principled contributions since being installed to the office in January 2019.
March 30, 2020 - Before I say another word, I want you to know that it is YOU as Telecommunications Workers who are keeping Canada running right now.
March 16, 2020 - As you are all aware, the global COVID-19 situation is becoming more severe every day and has begun affecting each of your workplaces and personal lives. The same is true for myself, every member of Local 1944’s leadership, and all of our staff. It’s during times like these that it’s most necessary for people to support one another, and especially our most at-risk, which is what a Union is all about. 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.