AT&T, union reach new agreement
by Wally Northway
Published: February 8,2010
AT&T Inc. has reached a new tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in core wireline contract negotiations in CWA District 3 (AT&T’s Southeast Region), covering approximately 30,000 employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The two sides returned to the bargaining table and reached the new agreement after District 3 members voted down a prior agreement that had been reached in December. The three-year agreement will be submitted to the district’s membership for a ratification vote in coming days.
Like the prior agreement, it includes pay and pension band increases in each year of the agreement. Changes in the new agreement include things like significantly lower health care premiums the second year of the agreement (there still would be no premiums the first year) rather than a health reimbursement account (HRA), and payouts in a reward program keyed to the company’s financial performance paid in cash rather than being paid into the HRA.
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