TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Canada technicians, members of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, have voted by
74% to accept a tentative agreement reached at the end of last month.
The results were released earlier today following the counting of
ballots from a series of ratification meetings in Ontario and Quebec.
"We were successful in gaining improvements in key areas, notably
employment security, early retirement opportunities, and guarantees of
hiring new technicians as employees retire.", says Barb Dolan, CEP's
Administrative Vice-President for Ontario, noting that the bargaining
committee had recommended acceptance of the offer.
Highlights of the agreement include:
A four-year contract with wage increases of 1.5%, 1.75%, 2% and 2%,
Stronger job security language for current workers
early retirement packages
new employees hired to replace at least 50% of those who chose to retire
Full-time opportunities for all part-time workers over the term of the
About 170 temporary workers will be re-classified as permanent
Increases in per-diems, bereavement leave, among others
Improvements in wording that open up job postings to more members
"The union is pleased with the way negotiations took place," adds Dolan.
"The climate was much more positive than in previous bargaining rounds,
"she says. There was an openness and willingness to move forward and
obtain a good collective agreement. It was not always so, and in fact,
previous negotiations were very tense."
"A progressive contract such as this one, with gains in job security,
and successor rights, is very welcome."
Negotiations have been ongoing since September and the previous
agreement expired Nov. 30, 2012.
CEP represents more than 4,500 technicians at Bell, 3,000 of whom work
in Ontario and 1,500 in Quebec.
CEP is the largest telecommunications union in Canada.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Barb Dolan (416) 998-3954