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IBEW MEMBERS RATIFY THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH GTE FLORIDA

 TAMPA, Fla., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday, July 24, 1993, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 824, ratified a new three-year agreement with GTE Florida. This marks the first time IBEW ratified an agreement with GTE Florida on a first vote and prior to expiration of an existing contract.
 The new contract calls for a 10 percent general wage increase: 4 percent the first year, 3 percent the second year, and 3 percent the third year.
 In addition to the 10 percent general wage increase, the Team Performance Plan provides for target incentive payouts of 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent of the applicable wage rate in the second and third years of the contract.
 Company Negotiating Team Chairman Ron Johnson is very pleased the Tentative Agreement was ratified prior to expiration of the existing contract. He said, "Quick ratification of the Tentative Agreement is a major step forward in our teamwork and employee empowerment efforts. It demonstrates that positive changes can take place when we work together," he said.
 The new agreement is effect Aug. 1, 1993.
 GTE Florida, Inc., part of GTE Telephone Operations-South Area, provides local voice and data telecommunications services to customers through approximately 1.9 million access lines in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
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 CONTACT: Jim Marzano or Tammy Lindsay of GTE Florida, 800-282-7751/


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