Qwest Talks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Qwest and members of its largest employee union are still talking, after facing a midnight deadline on Sunday, for coming up with a new contract.

The contract covering 25,000 workers in more than a dozen states is set to expire at midnight.

Union officials say formal talks have been recessed and negotiators have split up to discuss separate issues in hopes of averting a strike.

Qwest officials say the company continues to bargain in good faith but decline to discuss specifics.

The company's mandatory overtime policy is a key sticking point.

The current contract calls for a maximum of eight overtime hours a week and the union says Qwest wants to boost that to 16.

Union members are being asked to start gathering at the Communication Workers of America headquarters in Denver at 6:00 Saturday night.

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