Bell Atlantic's Ivan Seidenberg: The Conciliator

Union empathy could pay off for the Baby Bell's CEO

By Aug. 15, the Communications Workers of America could go out on strike at four regional phone companies: Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, U S West, and Southern New England Telephone. But if the biggest, Bell Atlantic Corp., is struck--it faces an Aug. 8 deadline--it won't be because the boss wants to get tough with the union.

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