Qwest contract talks
By Steve Raabe
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Article Last Updated: 08/17/2008 12:35:17 PM MDT
Qwest and the Communications Workers of America District 7 said
this morning that contract talks have stalled.
Bargaining teams negotiated until early this morning after the
existing contract expired at 12:01 a.m., but they failed to
reach an agreement.
No work stoppages have occurred and both sides said they remain
hopeful that an agreement still can be reached without a strike
or lockout. More than 20,000 Qwest employees represented
by the CWA are continuing to work under wage and health-care
provisions of the expired contract.
Union officials said they were disappointed at what that they
described as Qwest's unresponsiveness to CWA bargaining
"Our goal remains gaining a fair contract and we are prepared to
continue to bargain in good faith to reach the agreement our
members deserve," said CWA District 7 vice president Louise
"We're disappointed that union leadership forced us to this
point," said Qwest spokesman Robert Toevs spokesperson.
"By failing to negotiate a new contract, CWA leadership has
denied its membership key union protections and benefits."
Toevs said Qwest will continue to bargain in good faith and
remains committed to reaching an agreement as soon as possible.