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Pacific Bell Directory Workers Go on Strike

Scores of workers at Pacific Bell Directory, publisher of the telephone company’s Yellow Pages, went on strike Monday afternoon at several sites in the Southland, including this city, union officials said.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said many of the 550 clerical and sales staff at Pacific Bell Directory’s offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Anaheim and the San Fernando Valley walked out at 3:30 p.m.

Doug Prince, president of IBEW Local 2139 in Los Angeles, said workers on Sunday rejected the company’s latest offer, which he said included wage givebacks and abolishing certain seniority rules. Their contract expired Aug. 5, and no further talks are scheduled, Prince said.

Pacific Bell Directory, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of Pacific Bell, publishes about two dozen Yellow Pages in Southern California. Company officials in San Francisco could not be reached Monday. Managers at the Anaheim office declined to comment.

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