PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Verizon workers may soon return to their jobs.

Jim Gardler, President of CWA local 13000 says Verizon employees are expected to end their strike on Tuesday.

“With the workforce that they have in place right now, there’s no way that they could keep up with that and they need our people out there and we want to get back to work and we want to get these customers back in service.”

But he says this does not mean they have a new contract yet (see related story).

“We still have to go through the bargaining process. There’s no new collective bargaining agreement, what we signed was a return to work agreement and that we’ll sit down and continue to bargain with the company. The current collective bargaining agreement that’s going to remain in place going forward. We’re going to continue to bargain with the company to get to a successful agreement.”

Gardler says until workers have a new contract there is a chance workers could go on strike again, but he says he’s hopeful they won’t have to.

Reported By Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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