Terasen Gas reaches agreement with COPE 378

    SURREY, BC, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - Terasen Gas employees represented by the
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 ratified a
collective agreement, ending limited job action that began on September 23.
    The five-year agreement, in effect through March 31, 2012, covers 465
Terasen Gas employees working primarily in office and professional positions.
It includes wage increases of 14.8 per cent compounded over five years and
increases to benefits.
    The employees that had been engaged in limited job action are returning
to work today. Terasen Gas is pleased to be moving forward as a team, focusing
on serving the more than 900,000 homes and businesses that rely on the safe
and reliable delivery of natural gas every day.

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves almost two million gas and electric customers and has
$10 billion of assets. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and electric
utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at http://www.fortisinc.com/ or http://www.sedar.com./

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Joyce Wagenaar, Corporate
Communications Manager, Terasen Gas, Phone: (604) 592-7682, Email:

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