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Verizon, Unions Reach Agreement on Contract Ending Strike

  • 1,300 new call-center jobs, 70 wireless employees part of pact
  • Company’s 39,000 landline workers return to jobs Wednesday
WASHINGTON, USA - MAY 19: Striking Verizon Wireless workers and members of the Communications Workers of America union march outside of a Verizon Wireless store on F Street in Washington, USA on May 19, 2016.
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Verizon Communications Inc. and its two unions reached an agreement on a new labor contract, paving the way for about 39,000 landline employees to return to work after walking off the job more than six weeks ago.

The new accord, which still must be ratified by union members, gives workers a pay increase of more than 10 percent through the end of the contract in August 2019, according to a statement from the company. For the first time, the labor agreement extends to about 70 wireless retail store employees in Brooklyn and suburban Boston. The deal also includes the addition of about 1,300 new call-center jobs.