Third time lucky for Bell, union?

The latest deal came after three days of talks.

“This is a welcome outcome of three days of intense negotiations,” Patrick Pichette, Bell’s operations president said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “The engagement of CEP President Dave Coles, with the national leadership of the union, in support of the local bargaining committee was instrumental in moving our discussions forward.”

No one at the CEP office in Montreal could be reached immediately to confirm the union’s position.

The proposed settlement Bell was reached with the CEP on May 5. It was presented Wednesday morning to its national caucus of local presidents who, according to Bell, voted to recommend acceptance to the members.

If so it will be the third time the members will vote on a tentative deal. On April 23 the Bell members tossed out the company’s second offer by a 59 per cent majority. An earlier offer was rejected by a larger margin.

The 5,000 technicians involved mainly serve business customers in major urban centres of Ontario and Qu