AT&T Southeast, CWA ratify core wireline agreement

After failing to ratify a tentative agreement they reached last December, AT&T wireline workers in the Southeast Region (CWA District 3) Friday voted to ratify a three-year agreement between the Communications Workers of America and AT&T.

This latest agreement covers about 30,000 CWA members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Prior to reaching this agreement, Southeast employees worked under the terms of a contract that expired on August 8, 2009.

In February, AT&T had reached an agreement with the CWA that provides a 3 percent base salary increase in the first two years and a 2.75 percent increase in the third year, in addition to pension increases over the next three years. With this agreement in place, six of the seven bargaining units, representing nearly 97 percent of the 120,000 employees covered under AT&T's core wireline contracts, now have ratified agreements.

As AT&T continues to see its traditional wireline revenues decline, the service provider has been working at signing contracts with its wireline workers in all of its regions. To date, AT&T and the CWA have ratified agreements in AT&T's Midwest, West and Southwest regions, as well as with AT&T Corp., which covers employees across the country. Still, AT&T has yet to reach an agreement with its East Region (CWA Local 1298).  

 For more:
- see the release here
- Wall Street Journal via Dow Jones has this article

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