AT&T Mobility and the Communications Workers of America union were set to resume contract negotiations on Sunday after no deal was reached by an extended Saturday midnight deadline. Union members on Friday voted to authorize CWA officials to call a strike if necessary, though a strike does not appear imminent. The negotiations affect about 20,000 employees at telco giant AT&T's wireless group, and the deal talks precede another round of contract negotiations expected this spring that will affect the company's wireline union employees.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson acknowledged during the telco's fourth quarter earnings call last month that the company was in the midst of union negotiations and that healthcare benefits were likely to be among key issues.
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MarketWatch reports talks were set to resume Sunday
AT&T CEO Stephenson commented on union talks last month
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