Bell technicians overwhelming reject contract offer

    OTTAWA, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The 5,000 Bell Canada technicians in
Ontario and Quebec, represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union of Canada, have voted by 88% to reject the employer's offer. Results of
the vote, which was conducted over the past few weeks, were released today.
    The union now has a strike mandate, meaning that a work stoppage is
legally possible upon 72 hours notice by either side. CEP has contacted Bell
about returning to the bargaining table as soon as possible to resume
    "Bell's offer is riddled with concessions and we had no doubts that it
would be rejected," says CEP Ontario Administrative Vice-President John
Edwards. It's just not acceptable that we should be expected to give up so
much that we have fought for over many decades. Especially not when Bell is
about to sell itself off to the Teacher's as a $52 billion enterprise."
    "Our goal is to negotiate a fair deal for our members and to avoid a
strike or lock-out," adds CEP President Dave Coles.

    CEP - the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada -
represents 150,000 workers in key sectors of the economy including
telecommunications, forestry, energy, media and printing.

For further information:

For further information: John Edwards, (905) 678-0800, ext. 237

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