Vidéotron Ltée
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June 14, 2005 12:06 ET

Increased Operational Flexibility: Videotron and Unions Agree to Extend Contracts to 2009, 2010 and 2011

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 14, 2005) - Videotron management welcomes the decision by its unionized employees to accept the agreement in principle reached last week by the Company and the executives of its unions. At general meetings, employees voted by wide majorities to approve the agreement.

The agreement extends the collective agreements to December 31, 2009 in the Montreal and Quebec City areas, January 31, 2010 in Saguenay Lac St-Jean, and August 31, 2011 in Gatineau.

In the bargaining talks with the unions, Videotron management sought the increased operational flexibility the Company needs in order to make new investments, particularly in network modernization and new products such as the recently launched cable telephone service. Videotron's move into this promising market is already generating positive impacts. As a result of the product's success, the Company needs to respond to strong consumer demand.

Under the agreement, the salaries of all unionized employees will be increased by 2.5% on January 1 of each of the three additional years of the renewed contracts (starting 2007).

"Our employees are a key factor in our growth," said Robert Depatie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Videotron. "We are therefore very pleased that we have reached a negotiated settlement with the unions. This agreement will make us still more competitive in the marketplace and help us deliver the best possible customer experience. By investing for sustained, sustainable growth, Videotron is generating positive results for its employees, customers and shareholders."

Videotron ltee (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access services and residential telephone service. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. Videotron serves 1,455,000 cable television customers in Quebec; including over 355,000 illico subscribers. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 552,000 subscribers to its cable modem and dial-up services. On April 30, 2005, Videotron counted more than 23,000 customers for its residential telephone service in South Shore Montreal and Laval.

Contact Information

  • Videotron ltee
    Isabelle Dessureault
    General Manager, Communications
    (514) 380-7501