AT&T Southeast employees on the job for now as negotiations continue

After the current contract ran its course on Saturday, 28,000 AT&T (NYSE: T) Southeast union employees could go on strike if a new agreement isn't reached.

Those AT&T employees, which are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), have authorized a strike, but agreed to continue to work while negotiations continued, according to a story by Bloomberg.

"The parties have agreed to continue negotiating," AT&T said in a statement. "We remain confident that both parties will work conscientiously and in good faith toward a suitable agreement."

Negotiations, which cover AT&T landline workers primarily in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, kicked off in June.

Nearly 40,000 employees at Verizon (NYSE: VZ), who are also represented by the CWA, are also working without a collectively bargained agreement, according to a story by RCRWireless.com.

A blog post on CWA's site said that Verizon and union reps were scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

For more:
- see this RCRWireless article
- see this Bloomberg article
- see CWA's blog post

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