Cincinnati Bell union workers' contract to expire Saturday

At midnight on Saturday, contracts with nearly 1,000 Cincinnati Bell workers will expire according to union representatives.

A spokesperson for CWA 4400 says their workers have not gone on strike since 1990.

Workers on their lunch break at Cincinnati Bell offices in Norwood took their contract concerns to the streets Thursday.

"What do we want? Contracts! When do we want [them]? Now!" workers shouted from the sidewalk.

"We struggle each time to get a fair contract," Cindy Manning said. Manning has been with the company for 26 years, but says the last minute contract negotiations still get to her.

"Anxious, kind of nerve racking, wondering if Monday you'll be going to work or going to the picket line," Manning said.

"Unfortunately this is what we have to do to show them that we are serious about this fight," Edwinna Davis shared.

Davis is a retired Cincinnati Bell worker who once sat at the bargaining table.

"There is the potential for a work stoppage and we're really uncertain at this point which way it's going to go," Davis said.

She says she is hopeful that a compromise will be reached by Saturday night, but knows picket lines are possible.

"We've been there in the good times and in the bad times," Manning said. "We've helped build this company and we just want a fair contract."

In regards to the ongoing contract negotiations, Cincinnati Bell released the following statement:

"Cincinnati Bell is in negotiations with the Communications Workers of America.  From our perspective, the discussions have been professional, productive, and candid. We are working hard to finalize an agreement that balances the interests of our employees, customers and shareholders."

"While we hope that contract negotiations do not lead to a labor action, the company will implement contingency plans to maintain core operations. In the event of a labor action, scheduled wireline installations for value-added and expanded services, new lines and systems could be delayed."