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This week's In the News examines the recent labor dispute between the Bell Atlantic Corporation and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The ten resources discussed provide background information on the telecommunications industry and press coverage of the August 9-11, 1998 strike as well as Bell Atlantic's corporate history. Adding a human dimension to typical technological and economic coverage of the telecommunications industry, 73,000 telephone workers paralyzed Bell Atlantic services in thirteen Eastern states on August 9, 1998. Union fear concerning Bell Atlantic's recent acquisition of GTE is cited as a major strike cause as job losses due to new Internet technologies became a reality following the merger. A tentative two-year agreement was reached on August 11, however, ending the conflict with the promise of "high-skill, good paying jobs" that allow workers to reap the benefits of information-age ventures as well as employers.
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