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Closing Down Offices

Help dispel some rumours about unions or companies in the this sector.
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Closing Down Offices

Postby CandyApples » Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:45 am

I was talking to a neighbor today and they told me that they have relatives in Creston BC. The relatives told them that the Telus building there was emptied out and the people who were striking there are now looking for new employment. She except for one picket person who chooses to stay. They closed down the building and pulled out of Creston.
Does anyone know about this?



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Postby jorver » Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:23 am

i dont know for sure but i would think that is one of the core jobs the company doesnt want to define. They may pull out of all the rural areas.



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Postby !(a.scab) » Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:32 pm

Hi Candy, That's actually two unrelated things, but they're both true - however, it doesn't mean what you think it does...

Many TELUS Stores and offices are closed across the province this is true, but it's a result of the strike - it doesn't mean those offices are permanently closed. In fact, all of them have signs on the door that say "Due to the current labour situation this location will be closed for the duration of the dispute"

Also, it's completely true that many union employees are currently looking for alternate employment. This is not because they've been laid off, but because they can't survive on strike pay, and need to suplement their income.

When the dispute is over, the stores/offices will re-open, and the people that were looking for temporary employment elsewhere will be back at work in them.



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Postby mowerpower » Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:03 pm


i dont know for sure but i would think that is one of the core jobs the company doesnt want to define. They may pull out of all the rural areas.
because god forbid they reduce costs that could allocate finances elsewhere



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Postby Domino » Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:19 pm


i dont know for sure but i would think that is one of the core jobs the company doesnt want to define. They may pull out of all the rural areas.
because god forbid they reduce costs that could allocate finances elsewhere
You're absolutely right, Mow. Rural communities fon'e need phone service. They should just take their horseless carriage somewhere if they want to chat with others.



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Re: Closing Down Offices

Postby cragorn » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:23 am

I was talking to a neighbor today and they told me that they have relatives in Creston BC. The relatives told them that the Telus building there was emptied out and the people who were striking there are now looking for new employment. She except for one picket person who chooses to stay. They closed down the building and pulled out of Creston.
Does anyone know about this?
I do not know anything personally of Creston however this subject has been popping up and it's even made a blip in the media. If you read between the lines, she is hinting quite hard about the subject. Focus especially on what I highlighted in red.





Labour battle puts TELUS call centre in question
Prince George Citizen
Page 3
September 3, 2005
By Paul Strickland


The president of TELUS Partner Solutions says she is disappointed by the actions of unionized TELUS employees on the picket line in Prince George and is questioning her decision to do more hiring.

"Prince George is breaking our heart right now," Karen Radford told the Citizen Friday in a teleconference.

TELUS has invested $58 million in a call centre station in Prince George and is putting another $1 million into the facility this year, Radford said. In addition, the company recently hired 30 people and has had plans to hire 65 more.
However, the actions of pickets in Prince George "make me think, 'Why would I hire for another 65 positions in Prince George?'," she said.

Radford said TELUS has about 300 employees in Prince George, including 160 at a call centre. These employees earn an average of $45,000 a year.

"It's amazing there are people out there on the street who make $5.28 per hour more than Bell customer service representatives make," Radford said. "That's 25 per cent more than Bell Canada CSRs, and in Toronto rent is a lot higher than in Prince George."

Unionized TELUS employees have been out since July 21.

Ron Williams, the Telecommunications Workers Union's business agent for northern B.C., said the central issue in the labour dispute is job security and the threat of contracting out, not money.

"If it was money, we would have settled long ago," he said.

Radford said unionized employees are guaranteed jobs under the contract provided by TELUS, and the union has misinterpreted the company's contract offer in this regard. In Prince George, plans call for contracting out 11 positions, but the employees affected would be guaranteed jobs elsewhere in the TELUS system, she said.

"It seems she hasn't read the contract language concerning contracting-out provisions," Williams said. "There is absolutely nothing in the contract language that the company has implemented that prevents them from contracting out -- just a notification clause that they'll notify the union when they contract out.

"The company is making money hand over fist," he said. "Shares are doing extremely well, and the company is paying dividends. There is no need for a company doing as well as this one changing their contract language to allow contracting out more jobs."

Radford said union leaders are misleading their members when they tell say TELUS is planning to move all jobs to a new call centre in the Philippines.

Williams said there is good reason for the concern. "They just invested a lot of money in a call centre in the Philippines," he said. "Given that they have made that investment there and are also wanting to change contracting-out language, it's made everyone suspicious."




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