The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The likelihood that Bell Canada will settle its long-standing battle with its workers over pay equity is welcome news. When Network Letter first began covering this story, competition did not exist in LD or local service, 11 telephone companies operated as regional monopolies across the country and the wireless and Internet markets were pipedreams. Now competition exists, albeit weakly, the 11 telcos have shrunk to four and telephone companies are offering bundled services.  Having reached an agreement with the largest group of workers involved in the complaint, Bell must now try to come to an accord with the rest. This will not be an easy task. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union is far more militant than the Canadian Telecommunications Employees’ Association. (Other labour leaders dismiss the CTEA as a "me, too" union. It sees what the CEP has been able to negotiate and then cries, "Me, too!") But both sides may have an ally in a woman who died six years ago next month. Laura Sabia was one of the fiercest fighters in the fledgling feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A founder of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, she led the battle for equal pay for work of equal value. She obviously instilled her commitment to social justice in her son Michael, now at the helm of BCE Inc. The president/CEO of BCE had a distinct advantage that allowed him to resolve the situation. He does not carry the baggage of being part of the old guard at the telecom conglomerate. When the pay equity claim was first raised in 1991, Michael Sabia was still a public servant. He did not arrive at Bell until 1999 and even then was working for BCI, which was not a party to the dispute. He has been striving to set BCE on a better course after the turbulence of the Jean Monty era. BCI is being wound down, other subsidiaries may find themselves on the block, cuts are being made in other sectors. A final resolution to the pay equity situation would be a fitting tribute to Sabia’s mother.