Bell Aliant Employees Fail to Ratify New Agreement - Reject potential increased security and labour stability


HALIFAX, June 11 2010 -- Bell Aliant's unionized employees in Atlantic Canada have chosen not to accept
a proposed new collective agreement. The workers are represented by the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada Atlantic Communications Council (CEPACC).


"In our current competitive climate, we believe the proposed
agreement offered balance between job security for our employees
and the cost stability the company needs to ensure future success,"
said Karen Sheriff, president and CEO, Bell Aliant.


"It's fair to say that we are disappointed in the results; however, we
have said all along that this process was about employees making a
choice and they have done that. We will need to move forward on
alternative ways of reducing and managing our costs," Ms. Sheriff
concluded.


The current collective agreement between Bell Aliant and CEPACC remains in effect until December 31,
2011
- another year and a half.


About Bell Aliant


Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers. Through its
operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication
and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Through
its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT professional services and advanced technology solutions. Bell
Aliant's employees are committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience.


For further information:
Brenda Reid,
Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs,
877-256-5110,
brenda.reid@bellaliant.ca


SOURCE Bell Aliant