About 40,000 AT&T landline workers are staying on the job this week without a contract, their union said Sunday according to the Washington Post.
According to the Post, workers' contracts expired over the weekend, raising the possibility of a strike, but the Communications Workers of America and AT&T Inc. said that they'll keep working on a new deal.
CWA spokeswoman Candice Johnson said union representatives met with AT&T on Sunday after talks ended late on Saturday, according to the Post. She doesn't know how long it will take to reach an agreement, the Post said.
The Post said the employees will continue to receive the same wages and benefits as before, meanwhile. If negotiations break down, they still have the option to call for a walkout, the Post said.
AT&T Inc., which is based in Dallas, is the country's largest employer of unionized workers and about 140,000 of its 256,000 employees are union members, according to the Post.