08.09.1998Corporate

Bell Atlantic: 'No Reason for CWA Strike'


Bell Atlantic: 'No Reason for CWA Strike'


August 9, 1998





Media
contact:

Steve Marcus

Susan Kraus, (212) 395-0500


NEW
YORK --
The Communications Workers of
America, which represents 73,000 Bell Atlantic employees,
is currently on strike. The following is a statement from
Bell Atlantic:

There is
absolutely no reason for this strike.

We've
presented the union with a fair offer that provides a
significant increase in wages and benefits and continues
the best job protections in the industry - no layoffs, no
forced transfers, no downgrades.

The
union's contention that we are taking jobs away from
their members is false, and we reject it.

The
offer we have presented would expand the number of union
jobs in the company - particularly in our high technology
areas.

The
place to resolve the few outstanding issues is not on a
picket line but at the bargaining table. The company has
scheduled a meeting with the union for later today, and
we are committed to working as long and as hard as
necessary to reach an agreement.