I know that many of you have friends working in other CTV stations and have heard the news that Bell is ready to proceed with a technical change in its traffic departments. This technological change will NOT mean layoffs in Calgary and Edmonton.
Len Perry and Donavon Fuessel have told the Union that traffic employees in Calgary and sales assistants in both Edmonton and Calgary will be trained on the new system. A training schedule is being planned and will be distributed in due time. This training is expected to take place between February and June of 2017.
Unfortunately, there will be layoffs notices in other CTV stations. These will take effect the end of February 2017. There will be roughly 34 job losses across the country. Unifor has received notice that 21 of these layoffs will be union jobs.
On another note; if any of you have any outstanding Omniflex vacation days in 2016 please make sure you use them. These are the days you paid for but please remember they expire on December 31, 2016. These are days that cannot be carried over into 2017. Also if you have not used your 2 float days, again, please ensure you use them because they also expire on December 31, 2016.