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CTC responds to union vote

Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC) officials on Friday said they plan to move forward with negotiations despite Tuesday’s vote by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7212 that rejected the firm’s latest contract offer.

“We are dedicated to working with the CWA,” Kevin Larson, CEO/general manager of CTC, said. “We look forward to reaching an agreement for the benefit of the members and employees and our local cooperative. While we were disappointed in the vote, business will go on as usual at CTC.”

Kristi Westbrock, director of human resources at CTC, said the company’s emphasis is to provide employee opportunities to develop their professional careers at CTC.

“As we move forward with negotiations, we will continue to focus on career advancement, flexibility for the betterment of the employees and our operations, and market-based pay and benefits,” she said.

CWA officials said Thursday unresolved issues include “significant wage reductions for some employees, increases in health care premium sharing and freedom for the employer to contract out any work performed by current CTC employees.”

Union officials also said they wanted to return to the negotiating table.

CTC officials said 31 CTC employees are CWA members.

Formed in 1952, CTC is a not-for-profit cooperative that is owned by members.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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