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Qwest, union face midnight deadline
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Friday, October 10, 2008

Qwest and its largest union, the Communications Workers of America, resumed bargaining Thursday in efforts to reach a tentative agreement by a midnight deadline today.

A previous agreement hammered out in mid-August, a week before the Democratic National Convention, was rejected recently by a majority of Qwest's 20,000 union employees.

That agreement called for health care premium sharing for the first time and a 9.73 percent wage increase over three years.

Qwest is viewed as having leverage because of the recent financial turmoil, but the union has authorized a strike as a last resort if it can't get what it believes is a fair agreement.