DENVER, Aug. 17, 2008 – This morning, the contract between Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) expired as talks stalled over wage and health-care issues.
Qwest is fully operational. At this time, Qwest understands that the CWA has not called a strike. All Qwest employees are required to report to their jobs as normal.
Bargaining for a new agreement began July 8; with the expiration of the contract, certain provisions also expired.
"We're disappointed that union leadership forced us to this point," said Robert Toevs, Qwest spokesperson. "By failing to negotiate a new contract, CWA leadership has denied its membership key union protections and benefits, including arbitration, its ability to automatically collect dues and bring new hires in as dues/fees-paying members of the union."
Qwest will continue to bargain in good faith and remains committed to reaching an agreement as soon as possible
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