Bell Aliant Employees Fail to Ratify New Agreement - Reject potential
increased security and labour stability

HALIFAX, June 11 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant's unionized employees in Atlantic Canada have chosen not to accept a proposed new collective agreement. The workers are represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Atlantic Communications Council (CEPACC).

"In our current competitive climate, we believe the proposed agreement offered balance between job security for our employees and the cost stability the company needs to ensure future success," said Karen Sheriff, president and CEO, Bell Aliant.

"It's fair to say that we are disappointed in the results; however, we have said all along that this process was about employees making a choice and they have done that. We will need to move forward on alternative ways of reducing and managing our costs," Ms. Sheriff concluded.

The current collective agreement between Bell Aliant and CEPACC remains in effect until December 31, 2011 - another year and a half.

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 deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.

SOURCE Bell Aliant Inc.

For further information: For further information: Brenda Reid, Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs, 877-256-5110,

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