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AT&T Southeast, Communications Workers Of America Reach Handshake On Tentative Agreements In Contract Negotiations

Handshake on Agreements Comes on Heels of Tentative Agreements in AT&T Midwest, AT&T Corp

Dallas, Texas, August 07, 2012

AT&T* today announced that AT&T Southeast (BellSouth Telecommunications) has reached a handshake on a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in contract negotiations. Additionally, AT&T reached handshakes on tentative agreements with the CWA on two other smaller Southeast regional agreements covering AT&T Billing Southeast and Southeast Utility Operations.

Paperwork is being finalized. All three agreements will be submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote, and collectively cover more than 22,000 AT&T wireline employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The three-year agreements include wage increases in each year and modest pension increases.  Health care benefits remain among the best in the country.

The agreements come on the heels of tentative agreements AT&T reached on July 21 in wireline contract negotiations for the AT&T Midwest region and AT&T Corp. (CWA Telecommunications and Technology Office), where contracts expired on April 7. The Midwest agreement covers more than 13,000 employees in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The AT&T Corp. agreement covers about 5,700 employees located throughout the country. 

In addition, AT&T Midwest on July 13 announced an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on a one-year contract extension covering nearly 7,000 wireline employees. Most of the IBEW employees covered under the contract are members of IBEW Local 21 and are in Illinois and northwestern Indiana; the rest are spread across the country.

AT&T continues to seek agreements in the East and West regions, where wireline contracts expired April 7. The employees in those regions perform the same type of work as those in all of these CWA and IBEW contracts where tentative agreements have been reached.

More information will be posted on www.att.com/corewirelinebargaining as it is available.

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