Jul 26, 2012
CWA District 4 and the Telecommunications and Technologies Sector last week reached tentative agreements in their respective negotiations with AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy. Summaries of the tentative agreements are posted at www.cwaatatt.com.
CWA members and leaders across all districts continue to support bargaining that is continuing in District 9 with AT&T West and Local 1298 with AT&T East. The contract covering CWA members in District 3 with AT&T Southeast expires Aug. 4.
In District 4 — covering about 15,000 CWA members at AT&T operations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin — the bargaining team reached a tentative three-year agreement that provides for wage increases, improvements in employment security and retiree protection. Workers also won limits on forced overtime and changes to unfair attendance policies.
CWA T/T Vice President Ralph Maly noted that Seth Rosen, CWA's vice president for District 4, would have said that "we achieved our goal of a net gain when considering pay, health care and employment security."
CWA members at AT&T Legacy, representing about 5,500 workers at locations nationwide, also will see real improvements in jobs, job security and pensions, in addition to wage gains, under a separate tentative agreement finalized last Saturday, said Maly.
All the CWA districts and sectors have worked together and supported each other in the fight for good health care, retirement security, good wages and everything that makes up the American Dream.
Separate negotiations are continuing with AT&T West, where 18,000 CWA members throughout California and Nevada are mobilizing and supporting bargaining, and with AT&T East in Connecticut, where 4,000 members of CWA Local 1298, members of District 1, are standing together for a fair contract. The 24,000 District 3 members throughout the Southeast are keeping up their mobilization efforts as the clock ticks down to the Aug. 4 contract expiration.