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Verizon - Labor Dispute

Scott Horsley reports negotiators for Bell Atlantic -- now known as Verizon are meeting with union leaders in Washington this week trying to resolve a contract dispute. A third of its workers, including telephone operators, line technicians, and clerical workers, are involved. The company says it has submitted a new contract offer, with a strike deadline looming tomorrow night. A strike could disrupt service for millions of customers in eastern states. In addition to the usual issues of wages and pensions, unionized workers are demanding a larger role in the company's fast-growing wireless and internet access divisions.

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