AT&T, CWA ratify agreements for Midwest wireline employees

Agreements cover over 13,000 wireline employees in five states
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AT&T (NYSE: T) gained a regional reprieve with its wireline workforce on Friday as the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union voted to ratify a three-year contract covering the telco's Midwest region and AT&T Corp.

Late last month, AT&T and the CWA union reached tentative agreements. The Midwest agreement covers over 13,000 wireline employees in five states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while the AT&T Corp. agreement covers about 5,700 wireline employees in various regions throughout the United States.

Labor negotiations have been ongoing between CWA and AT&T for several months. On Aug. 10, wireline employees working under the AT&T West and East contracts returned to work after a two-day strike.

AT&T Southeast, which encompasses the former BellSouth territory, temporarily extended its core wireline contract with the CWA on Aug. 7. It also reached tentative agreements on two smaller southeast regional agreements covering AT&T Billing Southeast and Southeast Utility Operations.

The three agreements in the Southeast, which are now up for review by the CWA members for a ratification, cover more than 22,000 AT&T wireline employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

For more:
- see the release

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