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Qwest reaches tentative agreement with union

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[October 11, 2008]  DENVER (AP) -- Qwest Communications International Inc. says it has reached a tentative agreement for a four-year contract with a union representing about 20,000 employees.

The company made the announcement early Saturday. Members of the Communications Workers of America last month rejected a tentative three-year agreement with Denver-based Qwest, after the previous contract expired Aug. 16.

Results of a ratification vote on the new agreement by union members are expected by Oct. 31.

The new deal calls for a 12.5 percent raise over the course of the contract and a pension increase of 3 percent for those who are eligible and retire from the company after Oct. 12.

The CWA represents Qwest workers in 13 states.

[Associated Press]

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