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Expertech technicians to vote on new offer that would avoid closure

Expertech Network Installation Inc. and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) reached an agreemen...


March 5, 2007  


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Expertech Network Installation Inc. and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) reached an agreement over the weekend based on some refinements of the company’s final offer that, if accepted by union members, will allow Expertech to avoid closure.

The company said in a statement that the agreement meets Expertech’s requirements for putting in place the competitive cost structure it needs to be viable while addressing key issuesfor the union on behalf of employees.

The union is recommending acceptance of this offer and will submit it to its members for a vote beginning this week.

The results of the vote will known on March 19.

“I am encouraged by this important development,” said Jacques Robichon, president and CEO of Expertech.

“A positive vote can avoid the closure of the company and save more than 1,000 jobs. In the interim, the company has no choice but to continue with its wind down activities.”

Expertech Network Installation Inc., owned by Bell Canada and SNC-Lavalin, provides network infrastructure services to wireline and wireless service providers, network operators, cable companies and equipment manufacturers.