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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 12:02 pm | Updated: 9:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Qwest Communications International is offering voluntary separation packages to up to 700 technicians who work in the traditional land-line business in Arizona and the 13 other states in the company's service territory.

The buyouts are part of an effort by Qwest to pare down its workforce in a business that has been declining, company officials said.

Telephone users are moving more to mobile phones, and more services such as fax and Internet are available through a single telephone line, eliminating the need for customers to order multiple land lines, said Qwest spokesman Jeff Mirasola.

"This is balancing work force to workload," he said.

Qwest, which is based in Denver, had 12.8 million land lines in its 14-state area at the end of 2007, down from 17 million in 2002.

The job cuts represent less than 2 percent of Qwest's total workforce of 36,843, the company said.

The separation packages were negotiated with the Communications Workers of America union, and are available to union members, Mirasola said. The financial incentives are based on years of service. The packages will be offered until March 27, so the number of Arizona workers accepting the buyouts won't be known until then, Mirasola said.

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