NEW YORK (AP) — Striking Verizon workers plan to return to work on Monday evening, even though their contract dispute remains unresolved.

Verizon and unions representing its workers have agreed to narrow the issues in dispute and have agreed to a process to continue negotiations. Still, the two sides remain apart on touchy subjects such as health care benefits, pensions and work rules.

About 45,000 employees went on strike on Aug. 7, after their previous contract expired. They work in the company's landline division in nine states from Massachusetts to Virginia.

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