The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired Saturday night. A CWA spokesperson says negotiations will continue and workers will remain on the job during the extension.
The union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S. The union had authorized a strike in the event that a new deal couldn’t be reached with the Monroe, Louisiana-based telecommunications company.
CenturyLink workers in Montana, who are negotiating a separate contract, also agreed to the extension. (AP)