Qwest union ratifies contract
By Kimberly S. Johnson
Friday, November 7, 2008
Members the Communications Workers of America union at Qwest
voted today to ratify a new four-year contract.
The union, representing 20,000 employees in the Qwest's 13-state
territory approved the contract with a 77 percent of members
Workers will receive a 12 percent general wage increase over the
life of the contract. Sales employees that receive
commissions will also see an increase. Pension payments
will rise 3 percent for new retirees.
Union members rejected a previous contract in late September.
The newly approved contract also has provisions for improvements
in work conditions, such as a "resolution of problems caused by
work quotas for technicians," said CWA District 7 in a written
As for health care, workers agreed to a plan that would increase
family package premiums from $33 a month to $75, with additional
increases in the second and third years of the contract.
"We appreciate that the CWA and its membership carefully
considered the tentative agreement and we believe that we are
delivering a competitive compensation package for our workers,"
said Rich Baer, general counsel and chief administrative officer
for Qwest in a statement. "We look forward to working in
partnership with the CWA and its members to deliver the best
possible telecommunications experience for our customers."