The Communication Workers of America union, in a brief statement late Tuesday night, said negotiations with Verizon had recessed for the evening, and that the "pace of the negotiations is disappointedly slow." Talks were set to resume again this morning.
Meanwhile, Denver-based Qwest Communications still faces the expiration of union contracts affecting more than 21,000 workers on Aug. 16. Qwest and the CWA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had earlier expressed the desire to have a new contract worked out before the Democratic National Convention this month and the Republican National Convention next month, events taking place in the Qwest markets of Denver and Minneapolis, respectively. Stay tuned for further updates.