AT&T Inc. (T: Quote) announced that it has reached tentative agreements with the Communications Workers of America in core wireline contract negotiations for the AT&T Midwest region and AT&T Corp (CWA Communications and Technologies unit).
The Midwest contract covers more than 13,000 employees in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The AT&T Corp contract covers about 5,700 employees located throughout the country.
Both labor contracts will be submitted to the CWA's membership for a ratification vote in coming days. The prior contracts negotiated in 2009 expired on April 7 of this year and employees have worked under the terms of these expired contracts while negotiations continued.
The company said that the three-year agreements include wage increases in each year and a modest pension increase. Health care benefits remain among the best in the country.
AT&T said it continues to bargain with the CWA in the East and West regions, where contracts also expired April 7 and employees continue to work under the terms of the old contracts; and in the Southeast, where the current contract expires on August 4.
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by RTT Staff Writer
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