Bell technicians turn down contract offer

    MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada was advised today that
Craft and Services employees represented by the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers' Union of Canada (CEP) have voted to reject the company's final
and global contract offer.
    Bell is disappointed that its offer was turned down, and the company will
be evaluating next possible steps over the coming days. At this time, Bell is
ready to enact contingency plans, if need be, to ensure customer service
remains the company's top priority.
    "Since the start of bargaining in October 2007, Bell's fundamental goal
has been to reach an agreement that benefits customers, employees and the
company, and avoids a work disruption," said Patrick Pichette, President,
    First presented to the union on January 31, the proposed four-year
contract included annual wage increases and preserved pension, benefits and
job security. It also included changes to the previous collective agreement to
reflect changing customer expectations.
    Bell's CEP-represented Craft and Service employees are technicians who
mainly serve business customers in major urban centres of Ontario and Québec.

    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 Communications
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

For further information:

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

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