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04/23/04 - Longview

Longview Bell Employees Threaten Strike

     A demonstration held today in Longview by employees of Southwestern Bell.  They say it's in preparation for a possible strike. Local union 6118 of the communications workers of America held what they called "an informational picket" today outside Southwestern Bell offices on Whaley Street.

     The employees, mostly service reps, are angry over a lingering contract dispute in which they say they could loose essential benefits. A strike may be a foregone conclusion. Thousands of S.B.C. employees across the southeast united states are prepared to go on strike on May 7th.

    They told us today, this could make it pretty tough for Southwestern Bell customers to get a service rep on the phone. Company spokesmen were unavailable for comment today.

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