AT&T wireline workers in the Southwest region have voted to ratify a new, four-year contract that covers approximately 20,000 employees represented by the Communications Workers of America in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The carrier and the union are starting to make significant progress. The two sides agreed on three-year contracts in the Midwest and Southeast regions in the final months of 2012. They also hammered out a tentative agreement that covers workers in California and Nevada last month – it's still awaiting ratification. All total, the deals cover approximately 77,000 employees.
Most of the contracts include small, annual wage increases and require the workers to contribute more to their health premiums. Some of the debates have become heated as AT&T shifts more resources to its thriving wireless business.