Just a day after ongoing negotiations with the Communications Workers of America seemed to be faltering, Qwest Communications has reached new contract agreements with both the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Details of the contracts were not available as of early Monday morning. The unions' previous contracts with the telco expired late Saturday night, and even though the unions had authorized their leadership to call a strike, telco management and the unions continued to talk Sunday.
The new contracts still need to be approved by CWA and IBEW membership, about 21,000 employees total, but the agreement should keep contract issues from overshadowing Qwest's efforts to support the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver.
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Qwest unions approve strike. Qwest union report
Strike authorization appeared imminent last week. Strike report
Qwest wants contract talks settled. Qwest contract report
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