Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Union Looks to Customers to Put Pressure on AT T

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Union Looks to Customers to Put Pressure on AT T

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Communications Workers of America said Thursday it will try to pressure the American Telephone Telegraph Co. by getting customers to shift long distance business to other carriers. But the union said it will not strike this weekend in its contract dispute with the company.

CWA officials said the union might strike later but would, for now, rely on an "electronic picket line" of trying to cost AT T business.

The union's contract expired Sunday. It is negotiating jointly with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on behalf of more than 125,000 employees.

An aide to IBEW President John Barry, asked whether the union agreed with the new bargaining strategy, said: "We haven't yet decided the issue." The aide declined to give his name.

Negotiations between the two unions and the company were continuing. The unions originally sought a 13 percent pay raise over three years. William Ketchum, company vice president for labor relations, said AT T's latest offer was 9. …

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