AT&T, Northeast union negotiations remain in a standstill

AT&T Southwest reached a milestone last week when they ratified a new contract with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, but the Northeast region and AT&T continue to be miles apart. According to a report in the Waterbury Republican American, the CWA said that AT&T has refused to come to the bargaining table.

"We said, 'Look, we're bargaining with ourselves here. It takes two people to come to a contract,'" said William Henderson, president of Local 1298 of the CWA, which represents approximately 4,000 wireline employees in Connecticut. Henderson added that instead AT&T has been giving the union representatives "ultimatums."

One of the CWA's major concerns is job security. In the past two years, AT&T has either cut or relocated about 1,200 jobs out of its Connecticut region.  

Last week's agreement with the Southwest region (District 6)--one that covers 26,000 employees--means that over 70 percent of AT&T's 120,000 wireline workers now have a contract. Now, the only two regions that don't have a contract are AT&T Southeast (CWA District 3) and AT&T East (CWA District 1).  

For more:
- Waterbury Republican American has this article

Related articles
CWA, AT&T Southwest craft four-year agreement
AT&T workers protest in Connecticut
Connecticut: AT&T neglecting wired customers
Telco job cuts catch new scrutiny
AT&T, CWA D6 come close to striking agreement
AT&T, CWA reach tentative contract agreement for legacy wireline employees
AT&T offers wage hikes to CWA, bargaining continues

Suggested Articles

BT Ireland and Huawei are laying claim to the first 1.2 Tb/s transmission real-time trial based on a commercial product platform in a live network.

Google Fiber announced this week it was pulling the plug on its 100 Mbps service to new customers in order to just offer its gigabit service.

MEF outlined an ambitious roadmap at last month's MEF19 conference that included deeper partnerships with cloud providers using the LSO Sonata APIs.