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AT&T Mobility, CWA Have Tentative Deal in Southeast

AT&T’s wireless company, AT&T Mobility, has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on a collective bargaining agreement for about 11,200 wireless employees covered by the Mobility Southeast labor contract.

The agreement was reached Friday night, just before the prior contract was set to expire. The employees are in CWA District 3, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The four-year proposed agreement includes traditional work rules and wages only. It includes pay increases in each year of the offer, with resulting pension increases for the majority of employees. Compounded wage increase over the four-year term of the agreement is more than 10 percent. Health care coverage was not among the issues negotiated in the agreement; it is separately addressed covering all CWA-represented AT&T Mobility employees.

The agreement must still be ratified by a vote of the union.

For much of last year, AT&T and the CWA went back and forth over a new contract for wireline employees, with negotiations often being contentious. Health benefits were at the center of the disagreement. It’s still unresolved in Connecticut, where employees there are working under terms of the previous contract.


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