Historic merger between two Bell Canada unions: CTEA's 12,000 members approve agreement with CEP

    MONTREAL, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - An overwhelming majority of members of
the Canadian Telecommunications Employees Association (CTEA) have approved an
historic merger agreement with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union of Canada (CEP).
    Eighty-seven percent of the CTEA's 12,000 members voted for the merger in
a phone ballot conducted over the last two weeks. The agreement between the
two unions was reached at the end of September.
    "We are naturally very happy about the result. It shows even more that
this merger is a step in the right direction," said Brenda Knight, CTEA's
President. Over the next months, the two organizations will have to adapt
their respective structures in order to achieve the full merger.
    "CTEA members have approved one of the largest union mergers in Canada
and certainly the largest ever in the telecommunications sector," said John
Edwards, CEP Administrative Vice-President, Ontario Region.
    "And after numerous years of cohabitation, the time had come to join
together as one union," added Ms. Knight.

    About the merger

    The CTEA represents 12,000 clerical and sales employees in Québec and in
Ontario working directly at Bell or in companies controlled by Bell. CEP
represents more than 12,000 technicians, operators and clerical employees at
Bell and its related companies, in addition to 35,000 communications employees
throughout Canada. The union now has a total of 47,000 members in this sector,
making it by far the largest communications' union in Canada.

    About the CTEA:

    The CTEA is an independent union certified in the 1940s by the Canada
Labour Relations Board to represent employees of Bell Canada. Over the years,
the CTEA has been certified as the bargaining representative for several
groups of employees working for employers such as Comtech, Bell Aliant, ACMS
(Amdocs), Télébec S.E.C., Yellow Pages Group and Bell ICT Outsourcing
Solutions Inc.

    About CEP:

    CEP represents near 50,000 members in Québec and more than 150,000
throughout Canada. Its members work in the communications industry (including
telecommunications, media and the industrial sector), energy (petrochemistry
and plastic industry) and paper (forestry, wood mills and paper
manufacturing). CEP is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: In Quebec: Line Brisson, CTEA
Vice-President, (514) 861-9963 ext. 233, Fax: (514) 861-5985,
lbrisson@acet-ctea.com; In Ontario: Brenda Knight, CTEA President, (613)
521-3289, Fax: (613) 521-3267, bknight@acet-ctea.com; www.acet-ctea.com; CEP
in Quebec: Marie-Andrée L'Heureux, National Representative, (514) 916-7373;
CEP in Ontario: John Edwards, CEP Ontario, Administrative Vice-President,
(416) 606-2595; www.cep.ca

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