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AGREEMENTS REACHED AT TWO BELL TELEPHONE COMPANIES; TALKS CONTINUE AT THREE OTHERS

 AGREEMENTS REACHED AT TWO BELL TELEPHONE COMPANIES;
 TALKS CONTINUE AT THREE OTHERS
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Union and company negotiators at five regional Bell telephone companies either reached tentative contract agreements or continued talks past the midnight August 8 deadline.
 Some 219,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America are affected; another approximately 14,000 are represented by the Internatonal Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
 Tentative agreements have been reached at BellSouth and Southwestern Bell. Talks are continuing at Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, and Pacific Telesis, slated to resume this morning. Details of the tentative agreements at BellSouth and Southwestern Bell will be released as soon as they are available.
 The CWA contract with U S West, covering 39,000 workers, expires on Saturday, August 15, at midnight; talks continue there. NYNEX, the seventh and last "Baby Bell" company, reached agreements with CWA and IBEW in September of 1991.
 Major stumbling blocks to agreements at Ameritech, Bell Atlantic and Pacific Telesis lie in the areas of health care, wages and pensions, according to union negotiators.
 Negotiators at those three companies agreed to "stop the clock" on contract expirations, leaving workers (116,000 CWA, 14,000 IBEW) still covered under those contracts.
 CWA spokespersons for the five companies are as follows:
 -- Ameritech: Jeff Rechenbach, 216-333-6363;
 -- Bell Atlantic: Pat Shelor, 202-628-2100, ext. 1418;
 -- BellSouth: Nettie Walraven, 404-296-5553;
 -- Pacific Telesis: Vira Milirides, 415-348-7303;
 -- Southwestern Bell: Jennings Wooldridge, 314-421-2211.
 CWA represents over 600,000 workers in telecommunications, printing, publishing, media, health care, and the public sector in the United States and Canada.
 -0- 8/9/92
 /CONTACT: Jeff Miller or Gaye Williams Mack of CWA, 202-434-1172/ CO: Communications Workers of America; Ameritech; Bell Atlantic;
 BellSouth; Pacific Telesis; Southwestern Bell ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU:


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