1. kyleheney's Avatar
    Just read this on twitter from CBC:

    CBC News Alerts ‏@CBCAlerts

    #BlackBerry to close tech support site in #Bedford, N.S., where 350 people work. Will repay $2M contribution made by N.S. gov't.

    Not really sure why they needed a tech support site in Nova Scotia, but I guess it's getting closed. Too bad for the job losses, but BlackBerry is doing a good thing in repaying the government contribution.
    10-10-13 10:32 AM
  2. Wilsonia Goldens's Avatar
    Just read this on twitter from CBC:

    CBC News Alerts ‏@CBCAlerts

    #BlackBerry to close tech support site in #Bedford, N.S., where 350 people work. Will repay $2M contribution made by N.S. gov't.

    Not really sure why they needed a tech support site in Nova Scotia, but I guess it's getting closed. Too bad for the job losses, but BlackBerry is doing a good thing in repaying the government contribution.
    just closing the site as a cost saving measure. Most of the employees will be working from home.
    10-10-13 11:08 AM
  3. JasW's Avatar
    just closing the site as a cost saving measure. Most of the employees will be working from home.
    Not "most" of the employees -- only 35 of the 350. The other 315 will have to look for work elsewhere.

    BlackBerry to close Bedford, N.S., office and cut 350 jobs - Nova Scotia - CBC News
    10-10-13 11:15 AM
  4. louzer's Avatar
    This is too bad. Just about a month ago, someone from tech support in NS helped me solve a very mysterious SMS issue with my Q10. These are some very talented front-line support people.

    Posted by twiddling my thumbs on my Qued10 in CB10
    w4rrior and richardat like this.
    10-10-13 11:16 AM
  5. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    Just read this on twitter from CBC:

    CBC News Alerts ‏@CBCAlerts

    #BlackBerry to close tech support site in #Bedford, N.S., where 350 people work. Will repay $2M contribution made by N.S. gov't.

    Not really sure why they needed a tech support site in Nova Scotia, but I guess it's getting closed. Too bad for the job losses, but BlackBerry is doing a good thing in repaying the government contribution.
    The technical support centre was set-up in Bedford, NS, in part due to the government wage subsidy, lower wages compared to Waterloo, ON, and to provide services to North American and United Kingdom enterprise clients as well as consumers primarily in Canada and the United States of America. At its height this centre employed approximately 750 people. The layoffs began in 2011.

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    richardat likes this.
    10-10-13 11:54 AM
  6. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    just closing the site as a cost saving measure. Most of the employees will be working from home.
    How do you know they will be working from home?

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    richardat likes this.
    10-10-13 11:55 AM
  7. Jehch's Avatar
    35 People will most likely be their DART team (AKA the people that get flown on site when Bank of America has a BES Down situation).
    10-10-13 11:58 AM
  8. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    How do you know they will be working from home?
    He doesn't. See post #3 for the article that clarifies this.
    richardat likes this.
    10-10-13 11:59 AM
  9. anon1727506's Avatar
    BlackBerry to close......XXXXX

    You can expect to see those word quite a bit over the next 6 months or so.
    Mack Gans likes this.
    10-10-13 11:59 AM
  10. LoganSix's Avatar
    just closing the site as a cost saving measure. Most of the employees will be working from home.
    And due to the fact that BB10 is doesn't require as much tech support, so need having all those people hanging around waiting for something to go wrong.


    /just joking folks
    Last edited by LoganSix; 10-10-13 at 03:57 PM.
    10-10-13 01:47 PM
  11. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    And do to the fact that BB10 is doesn't require as much tech support, so need having all those people hanging around waiting for something to go wrong.


    /just joking folks
    Actually BES 10 is almost completely hands-off from a support perspective once deployed and deployment is 99% easier than BES 5.

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    10-10-13 03:25 PM
  12. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    The latest group of BlackBerry employees at the Bedford, NS, office were met by Halifax Regional Police at the behest of BlackBerry management to ensure these former employees left the property immediately and without incident. The remainder of the technical support staff will be terminated in early January 2014 with considerably smaller severance packages than their co-workers. I wonder what would happen if Thorsten had shown up to bid farewell to the employees?

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    10-13-13 08:32 PM
  13. zten's Avatar
    The latest group of BlackBerry employees at the Bedford, NS, office were met by Halifax Regional Police at the behest of BlackBerry management to ensure these former employees left the property immediately and without incident. The remainder of the technical support staff will be terminated in early January 2014 with considerably smaller severance packages than their co-workers. I wonder what would happen if Thorsten had shown up to bid farewell to the employees?

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    You make it sound like people are entitled to jobs and that they can't ever lose them.

    Sh1t happens, get over it.

    Posted via CB10
    10-13-13 08:59 PM
  14. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    You make it sound like people are entitled to jobs and that they can't ever lose them.

    Sh1t happens, get over it.

    Posted via CB10
    No dumb dumb... I was referring to the underhanded tactic of having the police present during a massive layoff by a company. It tells me how little the management thinks of their employees.

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    10-14-13 05:21 AM
  15. richardat's Avatar
    No dumb dumb... I was referring to the underhanded tactic of having the police present during a massive layoff by a company. It tells me how little the management thinks of their employees.

    Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10
    Using the police does seem very over-the-top and insensitive to me.
    qwerty4ever likes this.
    10-14-13 08:31 AM
  16. richardat's Avatar
    Using the police does seem very over-the-top and insensitive to me.
    Escort policy often damages morale of layoff survivors - Chicago Tribune
    qwerty4ever likes this.
    10-14-13 08:35 AM
  17. richardat's Avatar
    He doesn't. See post #3 for the article that clarifies this.
    ....and THAT was a particularly stupid and shameful thing to just make up!
    10-14-13 08:36 AM

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