DENVER (AP) — CenturyLink and its largest union have announced a deal that could avoid a strike of 11,000 workers in 13 mostly western states, which threatened to disrupt phone and Internet service for millions of consumers.
The proposed agreement reached Tuesday night offers lump-sum increases and wage increases. It also provides new limitations on CenturyLink's ability to transfer jobs to offshore call centers.
Workers had previously authorized a strike.
"We're pleased to get an agreement after nearly a year of bargaining," said Al Kogler, spokesman for the Communications Workers of America.
"CenturyLink and the CWA are pleased that we have come to an agreement that provides our employees fair and equitable benefits and will better enable us to deliver on our mutual commitment to serve our customers," said Glen Post, CenturyLink CEO, in a statement.
The proposed agreement provides new limitations on CenturyLink's ability to contract out and move call center work outside its service area, and includes a commitment to return jobs that have been outsourced and offshored, the Denver Post reported Wednesday.