AT & T Inks Tentative Union Deal for 9,300 Workers
A previous version of this story misstated the expiration date for four separate contracts.The story has been updated with the correct date of April 7.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) says it has forged a tentative contract with AT&T Mobility for about 9,300 District 6 union employees in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
The four-year contract would return at least 2,000 jobs and provides annual wage raises of between 2 percent and 2.5 percent.
"I am pleased that we were able to bring back a significant number of jobs," CWA District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings Jr. said in a statement. AT&T currently employs about 256,000 people worldwide.
The deal precludes regressive changes to current pension plans, provides each member with a $1,000 ratification bonus and gives union members more flexibility to move between AT&T's wireless and wireline division.
The agreement still needs to be ratified by union members. The old contract for District 6 union workers expired Feb. 24.
An AT&T spokesman declined to comment on details of the contract but said it reached the agreement with CWA "in the spirit of our longstanding relationship."
Four other contracts between CWA and AT&T are set to expire April 7. Discussions are still ongoing, a CWA spokesman said.
More than 45,000 of Verizon's union employees in its shrinking wireline business represented by CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike for two weeks last August after negotiations broke down over more costly health care premiums, restrictions on salary increases, layoff rules and retirement benefits. Verizon alleged striking workers attempted to disrupt its network operation, actions CWA said it did not condone.