CenturyLink workers voted with a strong majority to ratify an agreement with CenturyLink that extends the current contract by 3 years. The contract covers about 10,300 employees in 13 different states including Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
The deal includes wage increases of 3%, 2.5%, and 2.5% over the term of the agreement.
In late 2016, CenturyLink made it clear to CWA that they wanted to roll back health and welfare benefits, increasing out of pocket costs and deductibles. The company also indicated they wanted changes to disability, pensions, life insurance, and the 401K plan. The bargaining committee was able to push back on many of these items.
“This contract is a win for CenturyLink workers,” said CWA District 7 media spokesperson Al Kogler. “We made substantial gains in base wages that will help offset the rising cost of healthcare for our members, and preserved the current pension and 401k plan.”