AT&T, CWA reach tentative agreements with DirecTV workers


AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have negotiated tentative agreements covering former DirecTV field services employees in the telco’s Midwest, Southeast and Southwest regions.

The three regional agreements cover about 200 employees in two states in the Midwest Region, about 1,050 workers in eight states in the Southeast, and about 900 workers in five states in the Southwest.

Former DirecTV employees covered under these contracts joined AT&T when the telco purchased the pay-TV provider in July 2015.

The new agreements with the CWA-represented workers focus on a series of issues including wages, health care, pension, and work rules.

AT&T has continued to make progress with garnering agreements with its union workforce. Besides this agreement with the CWA, AT&T previously and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) worked out two tentative agreements covering DirecTV employees in 14 states.

That agreement covers over 1,600 employees in the company's field services group, located in 14 states. The other contract covers about 1,300 employees working in call centers in Boise, Idaho and Missoula, Montana.

Earlier, AT&T completed three wireline contracts in December 2015 -- one with AT&T Southeast wireline operations, and smaller regional contracts covering AT&T Billing Southeast and Southeast Utility Operations -- totaling about 24,000 CWA-represented wireline employees in the region.

For more:
- see the release

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