Telus Mobility Trying to lock out workers


New Member
Mar 29, 2005
Telus staff battle 'bullying'
Union to ask court for stay of plan to cut sick pay, freeze time off

Paul Marck
The Edmonton Journal

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

EDMONTON - The union representing 13,700 Telus workers in Alberta and B.C. branded the company's latest negotiation ploy as bully-boy tactics destined to fail.

The Telecommunications Workers Union, in bargaining talks with Telus this week, was taken aback Monday when the company declared it would enact "certain lockout measures" as of April 25. Telus said negotiations had reached an impasse.

Union president Bruce Bell said the union's immediate reaction is to seek a stay in Federal Court of Telus's latest labour moves, along with a return to the bargaining table.

"They're just trying to intimidate the union with bully tactics," Bell said. "We're not going to respond to this."

Telus says it will suspend all joint union-company activity on grievances and other matters, cancel the first paid day of illness absence and freeze pay rates, vacation entitlements and accumulated time-off scheduling.

Union officials were not available to comment Monday, but fired back on Tuesday Bell said the best move for both the union and Telus is to resume negotiations, with a renewed aim towards settlement.

"We're also going to be at the table trying to negotiate. We're going to say, 'Now that you've taken these measures, why don't we start some real bargaining. You can't have every single clause go your way, with everything. We're willing to meet you in the middle.' "

Bell said the biggest stumbling block since negotiations began in November 2000 has been Telus's desire to basically toss out the old master agreement and start fresh with complete new language throughout a new collective agreement.

"To have it all their way is just not on. That is ridiculous," Bell said.

All the same, Bell said he is confident that the two sides can reach a new deal.

The union will make its presence felt at Telus's annual general meeting, to be held in Edmonton at the Winspear Centre on May 4. Many employees hold Telus stock, and some of those union members will make their voices heard at the meeting, Bell said.

However, the union currently is not planning any kind of demonstration beyond that at the meeting.

Labour relations at Telus have been acrimonious for years, since Alberta-based Telus and B.C.-based BC Tel merged in 2000. A binding arbitration order by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board in January 2004 was overturned in February this year.

A company efficiency program in 2002-03 that trimmed 5,000 unionized staff also complicated the troubled labour front.

Following that was a long period of increasing service problems for Telus, and an unprecedented spike in customer complaints to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.


New Member
Oct 5, 2005
RE: Telus Mobility Trying

Telus owns all the infrastructure in Alberta, and this is not fair for the competition.

They are a horrible company, and I will not be their customer.

Since I have little choice, I've decided to get cable internet through another company, and use VoIP (internet phone) through the internet. This way I don't have to deal with their bad customer service, frequent loss of internet connectivity, Outrageous phone bills, and bad bussiness practices (low wages, etc).

Now they're offering a free cheap digital camera when you sign up with them for all of your services, for a fixed term, and they want you to forget that they're treating Albertans like garbage.

Cable internet.
Internet phone (Vonage).
No Telus.



New Member
Oct 6, 2005
Brooks, Alberta
RE: Telus Mobility Trying

I agree that Telus is an evil, evil company. I wish the province would build me some expensive infrastructure, and then give it to me to run as a monopoly.

How is the VoIP working for you. I had never considered it as an alternative. I would finally be able to give up my Telus DSL in favour of cable... and sever all ties with the company.