Qwest, union face
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Friday, October 10, 2008
Qwest and its largest union, the Communications Workers of
America, resumed bargaining Thursday in efforts to reach a
tentative agreement by a midnight deadline today.
A previous agreement hammered out in mid-August, a week before
the Democratic National Convention, was rejected recently by a
majority of Qwest's 20,000 union employees.
That agreement called for health care premium sharing for the
first time and a 9.73 percent wage increase over three years.
Qwest is viewed as having leverage because of the recent
financial turmoil, but the union has authorized a strike as a
last resort if it can't get what it believes is a fair