The new collective agreement provides for wage increases, protection from erosion and outsourcing, and adds more than 600 jobs to the collective agreement unit. Over the past decade, employees have witnessed a concerted strategy to reduce staffing levels, resulting in the loss of more than half of the jobs in the collective agreement unit. Unifor members have also had access to paid leave for domestic violence, and 10 female lawyers, union members trained to help and assist people facing sexual and gender-based violence, are being created. “This collective agreement shows the kind of profits that can be earned if workers come together and mobilize to defend good union jobs,” said Renaud, the director of Unifor Québec. “Thanks to the solidarity and activism of the members and the work of the union`s bargaining committee, any improvement has been hard earned and deserved.” The new agreement is the first contract for about 300 Bell ExpressVu LP members who successfully organized their jobs in 2016 to join Unifor. . “This round of negotiations has been monumental. Workers from All of Ontario and Quebec came together to demand that their good unionized jobs stay with Bell Canada at Bell Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president. For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Sarah McCue at email@example.com or 416-458-3307 (cell). Workplace mental health was also a central issue raised during the negotiations, and the union was successful in negotiations with Bell Canada for a memorandum recognizing the importance of ensuring a work culture that promotes and improves the mental health of all workers.