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Qwest contract talks stalled
By Steve Raabe
Denver Post
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 initiatives.

"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 Caddell.

"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.

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