Feb 14, 2013 12:15 PM by AP

CenturyLink workers in West closer to strike

DENVER (AP) -Union leaders representing CenturyLink workers in 13 states, including Arizona, have moved closer to allowing a strike but plan to continue negotiations with the telecommunications company.

The Communication Workers of America announced Thursday that its executive board has authorized the union's president to set a strike date, which would be the final step in going on strike.

Union spokesman Al Kogler says nothing is imminent and the union still hopes to reach a good contract for 13,000 employees who formerly worked for Qwest Communications.

The employees for the Monroe, La.-based company include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers.

Nearly 90 percent of them voted to authorize a strike in October.

Kogler says sticking points include increased health care premiums and bringing more jobs back to the United States.


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