NEW YORK (KDKA) – Verizon workers will return to their positions Monday night despite not having a new collective bargaining agreement in place yet.

According to a press release from Verizon, some 45,000 union workers will return to work under the contract guidelines that expired on Aug. 6.

The two sides have reportedly made headway in discussions for a new deal.

“We agreed to end the strike because we believe that is in the best interest of our customers and our employees. We remain committed to our objectives, and we look forward to negotiating the important issues that are integral to the future health of Verizon’s wireline business,” Marc Reed, Verizon’s executive vice president of human resources said in a statement.

The contract which expired on Aug. 6, will be extended with “no specific deadline” while the two sides work toward a new agreement.

Verizon is also working toward fixing the backlog of repairs and requests for service that have piled up during the strike.

The union workers are members of the CWA and IBEW.


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