Bell Atlantic, CWA Resolve All Contract Issues

January 26, 1996


34,400 Union Members to Vote on Agreement

Arlington, VA -- After more than six months of
negotiations, representatives from Bell Atlantic and the Communications
Workers of America (CWA) resolved all outstanding issues and signed an
agreement on local and common issues late Thursday, Jan. 25.

CWA members will now vote on the contract. The ratification
process is expected to take about four weeks.

Bell Atlantic and the CWA reached agreement on common issues Jan.
11. However, some local issues remained unresolved until now.

The new contract will expire Aug. 8, 1998. It replaces the
previous three-year agreement which expired Aug. 5, 1995.

The CWA represents approximately 34,400 Bell Atlantic employees
in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
and Washington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic Corp. is at the forefront of the new communications,
entertainment and information industry. The Philadelphia-based company
provides a full array of local telecommunications services throughout the
mid-Atlantic region and is majority owner of one the nation's largest
cellular carriers. Bell Atlantic is a partner in leading national
alliances that will offer wireless communications, as well as video and
interactive programming. Bell Atlantic also has substantial holdings and
operations in international markets and provides services for
customer-based information technology.


for more information, contact:

    Eric Rabe, 703-974-3036


    Joan Rasmussen, 703-974-8815