Qwest Contract Ratified

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Officials from Qwest's largest union say its members have ratified a three-year contract in a deal that averted a strike of nearly 25,000 workers in 13 states.

Communications Workers of America spokeswoman Candice Johnson says terms of the tentative deal reached between Qwest and the union in August remain the same in the ratified contract, including the first pay raise in two years.

The contract also extends the current mandatory overtime cap of eight hours a week and makes some changes to health care benefits.

The contract covers workers in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Utah.