Thursday, March 4, 2010

AT&T & CWA Reach Accord on 3-Year Contract

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) ratified a new three-year agreement with AT&T covering 35,000 CWA-represented workers at AT&T Southeast. The previous contract expired on August 8, 2009 and employees have worked under the terms of the expired contract while negotiations continued. The settlement was ratified by a 65 percent vote.

In a press statement, the CWA said the agreement provides for a compounded 9 percent wage increase over the contract term, plus additional increases for workers covered by progression scales. Pension bands will increase by 2 percent in June of each contract year, and the lump sum payout option was retained.

AT&T noted that six of the seven bargaining units, representing nearly 97 percent of the approximately 120,000 employees covered under AT&T's core wireline contracts, now have ratified agreements. In addition to the Southeast Region agreement, agreements between AT&T and the CWA have been ratified in AT&T's Midwest, West and Southwest regions, as well as with AT&T Corp., which covers employees across the country. An agreement between AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has also been ratified.