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AT&T Awaits CWA Approval of California, Nevada Contracts

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AT&T inched closer to satisfying the labor demands of more than 17,000 of its employees in Nevada and California.

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have announced a tentative deal that would give wireline workers in the Western U.S. a new contract. The CWA’s presidents are currently meeting to potentially ratify the deal.

This contract has been a long time in the making. AT&T and CWA reached a tentative deal in June, but CWA’s employees voted against it. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – a government middle-man – helped facilitate the deal this time around.

Many of those workers walked off their jobs in a grievance strike in March. They complained of AT&T giving them tasks beyond their skill levels and “undercutting pay.” They returned after a few days without a new deal to show for it. AT&T has added for wage increases in some of latest regional contracts and has offered the CWA commitments to reduce offshoring.

Pacific Bell Telephone Company and Nevada Bell Telephone Company are the AT&T subsidiaries involved in the negotiations.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter told Channel Partners that his company is not making further comments.

“The agreement will be submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote in coming days,” a statement from AT&T said. “Out of respect for union membership, AT&T will not comment on the details of the tentative agreement until it has been presented by CWA leadership to members for a vote.”

A CWA spokesperson told Channel Partners that the union has no additional comments to offer.

AT&T and the CWA have clashed on numerous contracts in 2017 as many of them were already set to expire. Wireless employees from AT&T went on strike for the first time in May.

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