AT&T, CWA reach tentative agreement covering 280 DirecTV employees

CWA District 9 demonstrates on Feb. 23
CWA-represented employees demonstrate in California in early 2016. (Image: CWA)

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have reached a tentative agreement covering former DirecTV field services employees in four states.

The new labor agreement covers nearly 280 employees in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico and Oregon, and will place the employees into an appendix to an existing labor contract.

Besides this agreement, AT&T has reached, and union-represented employees ratified, 17 different labor agreements in 2016 and 2017 collectively covering over 61,000 employees.

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This includes 10 agreements covering nearly 7,800 former DirecTV employees.

Despite the progress being made, CWA-represented wireline workers in California and Nevada are putting more pressure on the company to restart negotiations. Nearly 17,000 wireline employees in California and Nevada have been working without a new contract since last April.

AT&T and CWA are also working to come to terms for the wireless side of the house.

Earlier this month, AT&T wireless workers across three dozen states voted to authorize a strike if they can’t hammer out a new pact with the carrier.

The workers said AT&T has cut pay and benefits as well as outsourced jobs overseas. For its part, AT&T said that it hired nearly 20,000 people into union-represented jobs in the U.S. last year, however, and plans to fill 4,200 more union-represented positions.