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AT&T wireless workers represented by the Communications Workers of America on Friday ratified a new four-year contract that ends a nearly year-long dispute between the company and union.

The deal struck in December covers more than 21,000 workers across 36 states and offered increased wages and a shift to more base pay for retail employees.

"CWA members at AT&T Wireless should be proud of what they have achieved through their solidarity and persistence," CWA District One vice president Dennis Trainor said in a statement.

Qualcomm last week announced further collaborations with Ford on next-generation connected vehicles.

The San Diego chipmaker and Detroit automaker are currently conducting connected vehicle-to-everything trials in their native cities and plan to conduct more field tests early this year. Qualcomm is also part of a forthcoming C-V2X trial in Japan.

“Connectivity is the cornerstone for innovation in vehicles, and we are excited to work closely with Ford on its goal to integrate cellular connectivity on the vast majority of its vehicles, expedite adoption of C-V2X, and to work towards 5G," said Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm Technologies VP of product management.

Mobile trade group GSMA last week cut the ribbon on its new North American headquarters on Atlanta's northeast side.

The London-based group said the office will help serve members in the U.S. as well as Canada and the Caribbean.

“Our new location near Midtown Atlanta puts us at the very center of the vibrant, dynamic tech scene in the city, enabling us to draw on a rich talent pool and engage even more closely with the broad technology ecosystem that has developed here," said GSMA Director General Mats Granryd.

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