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CenturyLink employees headed to work without contract

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The union representing 13-thousand communications workers, including hundreds in Sioux City has failed to reach a contract agreement with CenturyLink, but employees will remain on the job.

While they've failed to reach an agreement, they have signed onto a day-to-day extension of the expired pact.

The Communications Workers of America made the announcement after the existing labor contract expired at midnight.

CWA spokesman Al Kogler says the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the U.S.

The Monroe, Louisiana-based company employees people in 13 states and merged with Qwest in Iowa in 2010.

In June of this year, the company announced it was closing its Des Moines call center and moving 100 jobs to Sioux City.

The company employs 1,500 people in the state.

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