BellSouth Workers Decide Not to Strike
Posted August 8, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — While workers for many BabyBell companies are walking picket lines, BellSouth telephone company workers called off their threats to strike just minutes before the midnight deadline Saturday night.
Local members of the Communication Workers of America spent Saturday night preparing picket signs while waiting for word of a contract settlement. Their biggest issue was forced overtime and unfair pensions. Local Union Members say they've been overworked and going on strike would have given them a break.
"Everybody was ready," said local CWA member Brad Rich. "This was the year, this was the time everybody's fed up with the forced overtime They were ready to walk They wanted to make the stand They want to let the company know that this is it."
The tentative agreement between BellSouth and its 48,000 employees includes pay raises over the next three years and some pension improvements. The plan must still be approved by the Union.