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Larry Trach Retirement

To All TEAM Members:

I am writing to advise all TEAM-IFPTE members that as of February 01, 2008 I have stepped down as the TEAM Business Manager and semiretired to pursue a less demanding and more relaxing career as a retiree.†

In meeting my commitment to you, the TEAM membership, and for that matter all MTS employees/retirees as one of the plaintiffs on the pension lawsuit it is my intention is to stay on as the ad hoc TEAM Pension Manager until the completion of the pension lawsuit.† I look forward to seeing many of you in my new role at update meetings regarding the lawsuit and wherever else the opportunity presents itís self or I am needed.†

As I will no longer have the privilege and pleasure of dealing with many of you on a day to day basis I would like to express my heart felt thanks to all of you for the many years of support you have given to me and TEAM during my tenures on the Executive Board, as the TEAM Pension Rep., the Assistant TEAM Business Manager and Business Manager.† I would also like to express my gratitude to all the employees and retirees I have worked with over the years I was in craft as a central office technician, in plant staff, as an associate engineer (Network Provisioners) and as the manager of the Switch Network Analysis Centre (SNAC) and PNOC Support.† No matter which of the roles I was working in at the time I worked with great people, received super support and was always offered a helping hand when the need arose.

I can truly say it is the people, their dedication to customers, service, and working together that makes this company great and continues to provide shareholder value.† 100 years of business technology comes and goes, but it is the generations and generations of employees and their commitment to their customers and our business that makes MTS what it was then and is today.†† I have been very fortunate to be part of that for the last 37 plus years.†

I am very positive about the changing role TEAM has taken on; the membership support afforded our association and the commitment of your current Executive and bargaining committee to the membership.† I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Bob Linsdell, the new TEAM Business Manager who was the successful candidate on our recent posting for my successor.† I would ask that all of you provide Bob with the continued support I enjoyed during my tenure as the TEAM Business Manager.††

Looking back I would again like to offer my sincerest thanks to everyone who helped me make my 37 year plus career with MTS as fulfilling, meaningful and great as I could have possibly hoped for and turned out to be.†

Yours Very Sincerely,

In Solidarity,

J. Larry Trach

Business Manager

TEAM-IFPTE Local 161

Semiretired