Qwest Communications International and negotiators for the largest union at the company have tentatively agreed on a contract about a day...
DENVER — Qwest Communications International and negotiators for the largest union at the company have tentatively agreed on a contract about a day after the previous one expired, both sides said early today.
Denver-based Qwest came to terms on a three-year deal with the Communications Workers of America, which represents about 20,000 of its employees in 13 states, including Washington.
Qwest also agreed with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the company’s employees in Montana.
Details of the two contracts were not released, and union officials said it would be a few weeks before union members vote on the new contracts.
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CWA members had voted to authorize a strike, but none was called when the contract expired after 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
The agreements come a little more than a week before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where Qwest is providing phone and Internet services. Qwest also is providing service to the Republican National Convention that begins Sept. 1 in St. Paul, Minn.