AT&T's Midwest, Legacy CWA contracts expire, workers to continue negotiations

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AT&T's CWA workers will stay on the job as the two sides work to reach a mutual agreement after the contract expired. (CWA)

AT&T Midwest and Legacy workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union will continue to work despite the fact their contracts expired on Saturday.

AT&T Midwest’s agreement expired at 11:59 pm CT on Saturday, while the AT&T Legacy T contract expired at 11:59 ET on Saturday.

These contracts cover 14,000 workers in each of these regions.

RELATED: AT&T’s Midwest, Legacy T CWA union workers authorize strike

The AT&T Midwest contract covers workers in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, while the Legacy T contract covers workers nationwide.

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CWA again called for AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to make good on the promises he made to his employees when the U.S. was considering corporate tax reform. 

“Our members remember the big promises that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson made if the corporate tax cut bill passed, and now we’re holding AT&T to those promises,” said Linda L. Hinton, VP of CWA District 4, in a release. “Our bargaining team is committed to negotiating a fair contract that keeps good family-supporting jobs with affordable health care and a secure retirement in our communities.”

Hinton added that CWA members “are ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract with AT&T Midwest, including going on strike if we aren't able to make progress at the bargaining table.”

Just last week, CWA members voted to authorize a strike if the two sides can’t reach an agreement when the contract expires.

For its part, AT&T recently told FierceTelecom that it continues to “bargain with the union and we’re confident that an agreement will be reached.”