Contract Talks Continue Past Deadline
DENVER (AP) _ Negotiators for U S West and two of its unions continued talks early Sunday, past a midnight deadline. Union leaders told their members not to walk off their jobs or set up pickets.
Contracts expired at midnight between the unions, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and U S West, which operates telephone service in 14 Midwestern and Western states.
Union leaders had said they were prepared to strike at midnight. But as the deadline passed, a CWA official, Chris Bundgaard, said union negotiators had instructed workers not to strike or picket.
There was no immediate word on what progress had been made.
The unions represent 37,662 U S West directory-assistance and long-distance operators, service representatives, installers and repair technicians. The CWA represents all but a few hundred of those. Issues in the talks include wages, pensions and job security.
U S West is one of the seven regional Bells that were spun off during the 1984 breakup of American Telephone & Telegraph Co.