CAW Local 2000 Opens Talks with MTS/Allstream

October 8, 2009, 3:51 PM EST

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The CAW and MTS/Allstream are currently in bargaining for a new collective agreement to cover 600 CAW members who work for the company, a provider of telecommunications and converged IP services.

Bargaining between CAW Local 2000 and MTS/Allsteam, Canada's third largest telecommunications company, got underway the week of October 6.

"Although the company paints a bleak picture of today's economy, everyone clearly understands that there is a tremendous opportunity for growth in this industry and we're bargaining for the future," said Dylan Gadwa, CAW Local 2000 president.

"There are serious issues that need to be resolved around the company's continued desire to contract out and see our hard-earned benefits eroded," said Gadwa, who stressed the solidarity of the membership and the continued support of the national union as keys to winning a fair agreement.

CAW national representative Joel Fournier said "the bargaining committee is determined to protect bargaining unit work which is under constant pressure because of the speed at which technology evolves in the high tech telecommunications sector."

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