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News | 07/22/2005 4:00 am EDT

Bell, TELUS union battles go in opposite directions
The seemingly unending collective bargaining battle between TELUS Corp. and the Telecommunications Workers Union continues to unfold. There doesn’t appear to be a resolution in sight with the only possible outcome being a strike by union workers. It could all come to a head on July 22, the date that TELUS has set to impose its most recent contract offer. The TWU has refused to take the contract offer to a vote of its members. With respect to Bell Canada, the company announced earlier this month that it had come to terms with Entourage Technology Solutions Inc. technicians, which have been on strike since March 24. There has been a news blackout on the agreement, which has yet to be ratified by employees. An announcement could come as early as this week.

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