Bell reaches settlement in pay-equity battle

Telecommunications giant agrees to pay $178 million, ending a decade-long dispute with its main operators' union
||Last Updated: 04/10/2003

Bell Canada is forking over $178 million to end a long-standing pay-equity dispute with its operators’ union.

The settlement, reached between Bell and the Canadian Telecommunications Employees’ Association (CTEA), the union representing 96 per cent of employees involved in the dispute, includes a cash payout of about $128 million and related pension benefits of approximately $50 million. The settlement is still subject to ratification.

The settlement comes after a decade-long battle, with the union claiming that thousands of Bell operators — mostly female — were paid less in their jobs compared with male-dominated positions. The union argued the female workers were owed retroactive raises of between 10 and 20 per cent going back to 1992.