DENVER, Aug. 17, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which represents approximately 200 workers in Montana, have agreed to extend contract negotiations beyond the Aug. 16, 11:59 p.m. deadline. Talks will continue.
Qwest is fully operational. All Qwest employees are required to report to their jobs as usual.
Qwest will continue to bargain in good faith and remains committed to reaching an agreement as soon as possible.
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class Spirit of Service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest’s powerful combination of award-winning high-speed Internet,home and wireless voice solutions and digital TV includes a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.