Freedom Mobile’s 187 employees working at the company’s call centre in Windsor, Ontario, have voted to join the United Steelworkers.
Voting took place on January 19th and 21st by the Canada Industrial Relations Board. The next step is get input from employees on collective bargaining and the election of a negotiating committee, ahead of bargaining with employer Shaw.
“We are excited to work with these new members as Freedom Mobile grows and expands,” said Lee Riggs, President of the Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers National Local 1944, in a press release. TWU represents over 12,000 workers in the telecommunications industry nationwide, including some Shaw and Telus employees.
Formerly known as WIND Mobile, Shaw acquired the latter last year in a $1.6 billion deal; last fall it relaunched under the brand Freedom Mobile, with a limited LTE network based on AWS Band 3.