Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Friday that telecom giant Verizon and two unions representing its workers reached a tentative agreement that will end a massive, six-week strike.

Verizon technicians and customer service reps for the company s wireline phone business first walked off the job in mid-April.

By modern U.S. standards, the work stoppage is huge — including some 37,000 workers, stretching from the Northeast through the mid-Atlantic.

It is the largest U.S. strike in five years and has begun to hurt business for Verizon, which owns AOL, The Huffington Post s parent company.

The two sides had already resolved questions over pay and benefits for workers, but were hung up on contract language that would enable Verizon to outsource work.

A Verizon spokesman declined to comment on the tentative agreement, saying only that Perez s announcement speaks for itself.

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