Bell offers contract to CEP-represented technicians

    MONTREAL, Quebec, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada has offered about
5,000 Craft & Services employees represented by the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) a new longer-term contract that includes
wage increases in each year, preserves pension, benefits and job security, and
provides a lump sum payment once the agreement is signed.
    The offer, presented January 31, also includes changes to the previous
collective agreement that will provide the company with greater flexibility to
meet changing customer expectations.
    "This is a good offer that benefits employees over the term of the
contract and helps us meet our number one priority - providing the best
possible experience for our customers, seven days a week, 24 hours a day."
said Patrick Pichette, President, Operations.
    Bell has been fully committed to reaching a negotiated settlement with
its Craft & Services employees since the start of bargaining last October. In
mid-December, the company requested conciliation to help advance the talks,
which had become deadlocked. However, despite the presence of a conciliator,
talks have not progressed. As a result, Bell has decided to make an offer to
its employees and expects that the CEP will give its members the chance to
vote on it, and communicate the results, as soon as possible.
    For customers, it remains business as usual. Bell believes that its
employees will see the value and benefits associated with the offer, but the
company also has contingency plans in place to ensure that quality service is
maintained in the unlikely event of a work stoppage.

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit For corporate information on BCE, please visit

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For further information: For media inquiries: Pierre Leclerc, Bell Media
Relations, (514) 391-2007, 1-877-391-2007,

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