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UPDATE: CenturyLink and unions on day-to-day contract extension

Posted: Updated: Oct 5, 2012 06:58 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - CenturyLink and two unions have not settled on terms of a new contract, but employees will remain at work while negotiations proceed.

CenturyLink, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 7 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have announced a day-to-day extension of their existing labor contracts.

The original contract expired October 6 and includes 13 thousand employees. Workers were given authorization to strike if an agreement couldn't be reached by this deadline. During the day-to-day extensions, negotiations will continue while workers remain on the job.

Avoiding a potential strike is not only beneficial to CenturyLink, but to local non-union employees. According to employees at CenturyLink Headquarters in Monroe, if workers did strike, the company would use temporary relocation and 12 hour shifts to make up for the lack of workers.

Corporate will not discuss details of the strike contingency plan, but says one is in place.



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