Unifor and Bell Aliant yesterday marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action of Violence Against Women by negotiating domestic violence leave for unionized workers.
Unifor National President Jerry Dias says their agreement with Bell “sends a clear message” that they can make a difference through collective bargaining.
The paid domestic leave provision ensures that absences not covered by sick leave or disability insurance, and are linked to domestic violence, are paid. The union says Bell recognized that workers living in abusive or violent situations are greatly affected, including at work.
The announcement was made yesterday, on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.