Bell Aliant workers reject tentative agreement

HALIFAX, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Some 3,000 members of Canada's largest telecommunications union have voted to reject a tentative collective agreement with Bell Aliant, by a margin of 65%.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union's Atlantic Communications Council and Bell Aliant had reached the agreement in late April, and members had been holding ratification meetings over the past few weeks in the four Atlantic provinces.

"The members have spoken and we respect their decision," says Penny Fawcett, Chair of the CEPACC. "We will now work with the employer to consider next steps."

The current agreement will remain in effect. It expires at the end of 2011.

CEPACC represents almost 3,000 employees of Bell Aliant in the four Atlantic provinces. CEP is a national union representing 130,000 workers across Canada working in telecommunications, forestry, energy, media, printing and construction.

SOURCE Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

For further information: For further information: Penny Fawcett, Chair, CEPACC, 902 425-2440 or Phil Briffett, Vice-Chair, CEPACC, 709 679-3478

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