Bell Aliant, union reach agree­ment

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Bell Aliant an­nounced last week its union­ized em­ploy­ees in At­lantic Canada have ac­cepted an early col­lec­tive agree­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, En­ergy and Paper­work­ers At­lantic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Coun­cil an­nounced that 76 per cent of work­ers voted in favour of the agree­ment.

“ We are ex­tremely pleased that Bell Aliant em­ploy­ees in At­lantic Canada have ac­cepted this new col­lec­tive agree­ment, which pro­vides a solid bal­ance be­tween job se­cu­rity and the cost con­tain­ment our com­pany needs to en­sure a suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able fu­ture,” said Karen Sher­iff, pres­i­dent and CEO of Bell Aliant.

“ The rat­i­fi­ca­tion of an early agree­ment will ben­e­fit our em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers — and is sig­nif­i­cant, pos­i­tive news for the en­tire com­pany.”

The re­lease notes that with the new agree­ment, other al­ter­na­tive mea­sures for cost re­duc­tion an­nounced in the sum­mer will no longer take place. The new agree­ment re­places the cur­rent col­lec­tive agree­ment, set to ex­pire Dec. 31, 2011. The changes will be ef­fec­tive from Oct. 1, 2010 un­til Dec. 31, 2014.

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