Bell Atlantic and CWA Reach Agreement on Common Issues

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January 12, 1996


Bell Atlantic Network Services Companies and
Communications Workers of America Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Arlington, VA -- The Bell Atlantic Network Services Companies
today that they have reached a tentative labor agreement with the
Communications Workers of America on common issues including wages,
pensions and benefits. CWA represents 34,400 workers in the companies'
mid-Atlantic service territory.

Details are currently not available pending completion of local
issues bargaining.

"This is a fair and equitable settlement that balances excellent
wages and benefits and one of the best employment security packages in
the business with increased flexibility for our local telephone
companies," said Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., Bell Atlantic vice
"This agreement positions us well for competitive success."


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