Bell Aliant and CEP Atlantic Communications Council Reach Tentative Agreement

HALIFAX, April 27 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant confirmed today that a tentative Collective Agreement has been reached with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Atlantic Communications Council (CEPACC), representing close to 3,000 Bell Aliant unionized employees in Atlantic Canada.

The tentative agreement will require the ratification of CEPACC members - that process begins May 3, 2010 and concludes on June 11, 2010. Results will be released by CEPACC following completion of the ratification process. If ratified, the new agreement will replace the current agreement, which was originally set to expire on December 31, 2011, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2014.

Bell Aliant is pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached and that the union leaders will now recommend it to the membership for acceptance.

Details on the terms of the agreement will not be discussed publicly while the ratification process is ongoing.

About Bell Aliant

Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT professional services and advanced technology solutions. Bell Aliant's employees are committed to delivering the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. More information can be found at bellaliant.ca.

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SOURCE Bell Aliant Inc.

For further information: For further information: Alyson Queen, Bell Aliant Media Relations, (866)696-6700, alyson.queen@bellaliant.ca

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