It has been a busy year for the major U.S. telcos--AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink--and their wireline union workers. Two of the main unions, including the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), that represent wireline employees are either in the midst of negotiating new contracts or have finalized deals.
As the major telcos migrate toward IP-based services and their legacy wireline voice service revenues decline, it has cut into revenues that would be used to pay for union health and retirement benefits--leading to sometimes-acrimonious negotiations between the two sides. Where do carriers and wireline unions stand in the latest contract negotiations? (Image source: CWA)
AT&T's Western division has reached a tentative deal with the Communications Workers of America District 9. The four-year agreement, which covers more than 17,000 wireline employees in California and Nevada, will be submitted to CWA members to be voted on in the next few days.
AT&T Southwest has reached a new tentative contract agreement with the Communications Workers of America District 6 affecting its wireline workers, days after negotiations resumed in the wake of a previous tentative offer being rejected by District 6 membership.
AT&T Southwest on Wednesday suffered another setback on the wireline union negotiation front as the Communications Workers of America District 6 failed to ratify a new four-year labor contract.
AT&T and the Communications Workers of America District 6 recently came to a tentative agreement with wireline workers in the telco's Southwest territory.
Hawaiian Telcom on Friday overcame a long battle with its union employees, who voted to ratify a five-year collective bargaining agreement.
AT&T on Friday hammered out a tentative labor agreement with the Communications Workers of America District 3 in ongoing contract negotiations with wireline workers in its Southeast territory.
Hawaiian Telcom on Tuesday overcame another challenge in its ongoing negotiations with its union workforce as the National Labor Relations Board "conclusively" dismissed the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' unfair labor practices charge.
Pro basketball and baseball players are not the only ones making progress on the collective bargaining agreements these days. In a surprising development that may bring an end to a three-week old