AT&T gained a regional reprieve with its wireline workforce on Friday as the Communications Workers of America union voted to ratify a three-year contract covering the telco's Midwest region and AT&T Corp.
AT&T wireline workers on the East and West Coast represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union began a strike on Tuesday.
AT&T and the CWA on Saturday were not able to finalize a new core wireline contract for the Southeast region by the 11:59 p.m. EDT deadline, but the telco and the union did agree to a five-day contract extension.
Unions representing Verizon technicians say they may stage a walkout as soon as Aug. 10, unless they make more progress on contract negotiations with the company.
A walkout by Verizon's 45,000 CWA and IBEW workers this week is a distinct possibility, according to statements by union officials and mediators, because negotiations for a new contract since last year's strike have gone nowhere.
AT&T has reached "tentative" agreements with the Communications Workers of America covering wireline workers in both the AT&T Midwest region and AT&T Corp. (CWA Communications and Technologies unit).
Verizon rejected a call Thursday by two unions--The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)--to move their longstanding and often rancorous contract negotiations to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).
AT&T has solved at least a portion of its ongoing labor negotiations problem by agreeing to a one-year labor contract extension for about 7,000 workers. The one-year extension—until June 22, 2013—covers the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and changed nothing in the current contract, AT&T said in a story reported by Reuters.
Five months after Cablevision employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., voted to join the Communication Workers of America, field technicians in the Bronx rejected a proposal to join the union.
The CWA and IBEW held a rally asking Verizon's board of directors to influence the telco to provide a fair labor contract for its wireline workers.