AT&T, CWA begin contract negotiations covering 16K wireline employees in East, West regions

AT&T (NYSE: T) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) recently began negotiating new contracts covering over 16,000 employees in three of the telco's states.

Specifically, AT&T and CWA are conducting negotiations that address two contracts: the West contract covers nearly 16,000 employees in California and Nevada, and the East contract covers nearly 200 employees in Connecticut.

Both of the contracts expire at 11:59 p.m. local time on Saturday, April 9.

The two sides will work to agree on terms related to wages, benefits, pensions and work rules for wireline employees in the East and West contracts.

CWA District 9 and AT&T West began the labor contract negotiating process on Feb. 23.

Tom Runnion, CWA District 9 vice president said in a blog post that "our goal in these negotiations is to improve living standards for our families," adding that "we want secure jobs, secure health care and a secure retirement."

CWA said that AT&T has asked for a number of concessions including reducing working schedules, holidays and vacations, freezing pensions, while eliminating protections from excessive monitoring and other demands.

AT&T has continued to make progress negotiating new labor contracts with wireline employees represented by the CWA.

Following nine months of negotiations, the CWA voted to finalize a four-year contract with AT&T Southeast wireline operations in December 2015 covering about 24,000 employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Earlier, AT&T negotiated tentative agreements covering nearly 17,000 wireline employees in the Midwest. 

For more:
- see this CWA post
- and this AT&T post

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