Qwest, union reach dealby Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — This morning's contract deal reached between Qwest Communications and its largest union will affect about 2,300 workers in the Twin Cities.
The announcement came a day after the last contract expired and members of the Communications Workers of America had authorized a strike.
The strike threatened preparations for both the Republican convention in St. Paul and the Democratic convention in Denver.
Officials have not released details of the three-year deal, but it would apply to about 20,000 workers in 13 states, including Minnesota.
Dawn Schnickels-Johnson is treasurer of Local 7200 in Minneapolis. She said this has been a stressful few days for workers who were not sure whether they would soon walk off the job.
"A settlement and a tentative agreement takes those worries and puts them aside and lets people do a little sigh of relief. However, the real sigh of relief will be once they've seen what's in that contract," Schnickels-Johnson said.
Schnickels-Johnson said a mail-in vote will determine whether the contract is adopted. A majority of workers nationwide need to approve the deal for it to take effect.