ORLANDO, Fla. -

The contract between AT&T and the Communication Workers Association expires 11:59 p.m. Saturday, but a company spokesman says a midnight strike does not appear to be imminent.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter says the two sides are continuing to meet at the bargaining table.

In an email sent to WKMG-TV on Wednesday afternoon, Richter said, “The two sides are meeting daily. They are at the bargaining table today, and continuing to work towards an agreement.”

Some 22, 000 regional “wireline” technicians and staff are impacted by the contract .

Locally, 1,300 CWA union members in Orange County are tied to the pact.

Union members have expressed concern over alleged “gutting” of health benefits.

The CWA has announced a short “peaceful rally” outside of the company’s Orlando regional office between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. Thursday.