AT&T Mobility, CWA Avoid Repeat of Verizon Strike

AT&T Mobility and the Communications Workers of America have averted a potential nationwide strike of more than 40,000 employees by reaching a tentative agreement.

The agreement focuses on benefits, including health care, and will be submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote, the carrier said. Wages, pension and work rules for union-represented mobility employees are negotiated under separate contracts.

Candice Johnson, CWA spokesperson, said the employees are technicians, call-center and store personnel nationally. No other details regarding the agreement were available.{ad}

Last week, the CWA Bargaining Committee said progress was made toward a deal that will provide “better affordability and more health-care options for our members at Mobility, including Puerto Rico.”

“We’re proud of our longstanding strong relationship with our unions and committed to bargaining fair contracts that allow us to continue to provide great union careers with excellent wages and benefits,” said Marty Richter, AT&T spokesman. “The tentative agreement we reached yesterday on benefits for our 40,000 CWA-represented Mobility employees is the latest in a steady stream of agreements reached between the company and the CWA – five different agreements in the last 12 months covering nearly 90,000 CWA-represented employees.”

Those agreements include one CWA members ratified on April 14 covering more than 9,400 mobility employees in its Southwest region, and another that they ratified in December 2015 covering about 24,000 wireline employees in the Southeast.

Last week, nearly 40,000 Verizon wireline employees from Massachusetts to Virginia returned to work after seven weeks on strike. Verizon made a handful of concessions – a 10.5 percent wage increase over four years, additional hirings and more job security – in order to end the strike.

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