CAW Members Overwhelmingly Approve MTS Allstream Contract

April 6, 2010, 12:04 PM EST


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CAW Local 2000 members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new two-year collective agreement with MTS Allstream that resists concessions and provides greater job security.

The workers voted 82 per cent in support of the new contract March 30. MTS Allstream is the third largest telecommunications company in Canada.

CAW national representative Joel Fournier said the agreement covers approximately 550 workers across the country.

"This agreement will provide stability for our membership while MTS restructures its business," Fournier said.

CAW Local 2000 President Dylan Gadwa said the agreement comes after bargaining in a tough economic environment. "This agreement creates a stronger foundation and greater security for our membership in a sector that is coping with rapid technological change," Gadwa said.

The majority of the workers are employed as technicians or in administrative positions and are based in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, with other smaller bases across Canada.

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