CenturyLink, union agree to continue talks, avert strike
DENVER — CenturyLink Inc. and the union representing 13,000 workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest have failed to reach a contract agreement, but agreed to a day-to-day extension of the expired pact.
The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract just before midnight Saturday.
CWA spokesman Al Kogler said in a statement that negotiations will continue and workers will remain on the job. He has said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S.
Britain threatens veto of military-firms merger
LONDON — Britain’s defense minister said the French and German governments must reduce their stakes in defense company EADS, the parent company of Airbus, for Britain to permit a proposed merger with BAE Systems.
Philip Hammond said Britain would veto the massive merger of the aeronautics and defense companies if this requirement wasn’t satisfied.
“It is necessary to reduce that stake below the level at which [France or Germany] can control or direct the way the company acts,” Mr. Hammond told the BBC.
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