Saturday, July 14, 2012

AT&T and Union Agree to One Year Wireline Contract Extension

AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers reached an agreement on a one-year contract extension covering nearly 7,000 core wireline employees. The agreement extends all terms of the current contract without modification until June 22, 2013. Most of the IBEW employees covered under the contract are members of IBEW Local 21 and are in Illinois and northwestern Indiana; the rest are spread across the country.

FBI Opens Criminal Investigation into ZTE Shipments to Iran

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into whether ZTE shipped U.S.-made networking components and surveillance equipment to Iran.  According to various news sources, including Reuters, The Washington Post and The Smoking Gun, various documents have emerged, including a shipping manifest, related to a $130 million sales contract between ZTE and the Telecommunications Company of Iran.  Equipment reportedly includes systems from Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper, Microsoft, Oracle and Symantec.