AT&T East, CWA reach tentative agreement

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The proposed contract offers a series of pay raises, improvements in severance benefits, affordable healthcare and other improvements for AT&T East workers in Connecticut.

AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1’s bargaining team have reached a tentative agreement with AT&T East, covering nearly 200 workers in Connecticut.

Similar to a new tentative agreement AT&T reached with AT&T West and DirecTV workers, this proposed contract offers a series of pay raises, improvements in severance benefits, affordable healthcare and other improvements for AT&T East workers in Connecticut.

“CWA District 1’s bargaining team has been committed to reaching a fair and just agreement,” said Dennis Trainor, VP of CWA District One, in a release. “This agreement achieves those goals.”

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CWA said that highlights of the proposed contract will be shared with Local 1298 members on Tuesday and a contract explanation. A ratification meeting will then be scheduled in the upcoming days.

Since 2015, AT&T has reached 30 fair labor agreements, covering about 145,000 of its union-represented employees.

On Monday, AT&T West and DirecTV workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9 have reached a tentative agreement covering 17,000 workers in California and Nevada.

The service provider has made progress with the CWA and the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers (IBEW) unions.

In April, 20,000 of AT&T’s CWA-represented employees in Southwest Region approved an early agreement that includes a commitment to hire 3,000 people in the region, sourced from work that’s currently performed mostly offshore.

AT&T workers represented by the IBEW in May announced that nearly 5,000 represented employees approved another agreement. This agreement includes the hiring 1,000 people for IBEW-represented jobs, including opening a new call center in Chicago.

However, the service provider is still in talks with thousands of wireless employees. AT&T is still working out a new contract covering 21,000 wireless employees.