Historical Agreement between Two Unions at Bell Canada: CTEA and CEP Agree on a Merger

    MONTREAL, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning the General Council of the
Canadian Telecommunications Employees' Association (CTEA) supported a merger
agreement concluded last week between their organization and the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
    During the next few weeks, the merger agreement will be voted on by all
CTEA members. Vote results will be announced on October 15.
    "We are confident that our members will approve this important agreement"
commented CTEA's President, Brenda Knight. "If the merger becomes effective,
it means that all the different unionized groups of employees at Bell Canada,
Bell Aliant, Expertech, Bell Technical Solutions, Télébec and the numerous
other companies owned and controlled by Bell will from now on be represented
by the same Union. There is no doubt that this merger will be a turning point
in the history of labour relations at Bell Canada."
    "This proposed merger represents a new era in solidarity and strength in
negotiations for workers in the telecommunications sector," said Dave Coles,
CEP President. "It is quite properly subject now to a democratic vote of CTEA
members and I am confident they will join with all other telephone workers to
fight issues like outsourcing of our jobs and broader issues like the foreign
takeover of our industry."
    "This is really an historical moment because after 31 years of
cohabitation, we will finally be able to join our efforts, resources and
expertise to tackle the numerous challenges we are confronted with" declared
CEP's Ontario Administrative Vice-President, John Edwards. "This merger is one
of the most important to happen in the labour movement in Canada and it is the
largest between Telecommunications' Unions."
    The CTEA represents 12,000 clerical and sales employees in Québec and in
Ontario working directly at Bell or in related companies. CEP represents over
12,000 technicians, operators and clerical employees at Bell and its related
companies. The CEP already represents 35,000 communications employees
throughout Canada. With this merger, the Union will now have 47,000 members in
this sector, which will make it by far the most important communications'
Union in Canada.
    In a situation where the telecommunication sector is in constant
evolution and with the arrival of new owners acquiring Bell, "it is clear that
the merger of our Unions will ensure a better representation for our members"
explained Ms. Knight. "After all the efforts we made, at last we now have the
means to deal with a situation which was not to the advantage of either one of
our organizations" concluded Ms. Knight.

    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 over 150,000 throughout
Canada. As indicated by its name, the Union represents workers in the
communications industry (including telecommunications, media and the
industrial sector), energy (including exploration, refining, petro-chemicals
and plastics) and paper (forestry, saw mills and paper manufacturing). CEP is
affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

For further information:

For further information: 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; National
Office: Dave Coles, President, (613) 299-5628; www.cep.ca

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