Century Link Workers In West Ready To Strike

By Jim McCoy Thu 14th February NewsCentury Linklabor dispute
Union leaders representing CenturyLink workers in 13 states have moved closer to allowing a strike but plan to continue negotiations with the telecommunications company. The Communication Workers of America announced Thursday that its executive board has authorized the union's president to set a strike date, which would be the final step in going on strike. Union spokesman Al Kogler says nothing is imminent and the union still hopes to reach a good contract for 13,000 employees who formerly worked for Qwest Communications. The employees for the Monroe, La.-based company include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers. Nearly 90 percent of them voted to authorize a strike in October. Kogler says sticking points include increased health care premiums and bringing more jobs back to the United States. Associated Press

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