September 5, 1998 |
Three regional Bell telephone companies lost an appeal to begin providing long-distance service to local phone customers. In an important victory for federal regulators, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court ruling that opened a path into the long-distance business for SBC Communications, US West and Bell Atlantic. District Judge Joe Kendall's ruling in Wichita Falls, Texas, had declared key provisions of a 1996 telecommunications law unconstitutional.
August 12, 1998 |
Bell Atlantic Corp. and the Communications Workers of America reached agreement on a two-year contract that would increase job security and limit forced overtime, ending a two-day strike by 73,000 workers in 13 Eastern states and the District of Columbia. CWA President Morton Bahr touted the access the deal granted union workers to subsidiaries developing fast-growing technologies. Many of those units are staffed by nonunion contract workers.
August 11, 1998 |
Bell Atlantic customers were told to use phone books and credit cards instead of calling directory assistance or making collect calls Monday, the first business day of a strike. About 73,000 workers stayed off the job in 12 Eastern states and Washington. Major contract talks in New York and Washington continued during the second day of a strike over a new three-year contract.
August 10, 1998 |
A strike at the nation's No. 2 phone company, Bell Atlantic Corp., caused some minor delays in service Sunday as union and company negotiators met throughout the day to settle their dispute. About 73,000 Bell Atlantic operators, customer-service representatives and installers--more than half the company's work force--walked off the job at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after management and leaders of the Communications Workers of America failed to reach a contract settlement.
August 9, 1998 |
Tens of thousands of telephone workers went on strike early today in a walkout that could leave millions of callers from Maine to Virginia on hold. Negotiators representing 73,000 workers failed to reach an agreement before a midnight deadline, and employees prepared to picket at Bell Atlantic Corp. offices up and down the East Coast, union officials said.
July 29, 1998 |
The proposed $52.1-billion merger between Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. would create the nation's largest local phone company. But while the extra heft may speed advanced services, it is unlikely to give customers what they crave most--lower prices and more competition. The deal, formally announced Tuesday, would bring together more than 63 million U.S. phone lines and operations in 81 of the country's largest 100 markets.
July 28, 1998 |
As if regulators here didn't have their hands full already, the $55-billion blockbuster deal that Bell Atlantic and GTE will announce today is sure to keep them busy for many months to come. "Expect regulators to have a heyday with this one," said Jeffrey Kagan, president of Kagan Telecom Associates, an Atlanta-based telecommunications market research firm.
July 28, 1998 |
Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. will announce today they have agreed to merge in a $55-billion stock deal that would create a telecommunications giant with about a third of all U.S. phone lines and customers in 40 states, including California, sources said. The deal could benefit consumers by expanding the availability of all-in-one phone bills and creating a stronger rival to take on the telecommunications titans in long distance.