Washington, D.C. -- In two separate contract ratification votes, members of the Communications Workers of America approved new contracts at AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy.
CWA represents about 15,000 AT&T Midwest members in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, and about 5,500 AT&T Legacy members in a nationwide unit.
CWA members in both units overwhelmingly approved the new contracts.
District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton said members clearly appreciated that "In these tough times, our committee was able to get a contract that enhanced both our employment security and our standard of living."
CWA Telecommunications and Technologies Vice President Ralph Maly said “the union bargaining committee maintained and improved employment security, winning protections against layoffs in the first year of the contract.” Workers also made gains in future retirement security and economic issues.
Negotiations are continuing for new contracts covering 18,000 CWA members in California and Nevada at AT&T West, and for 3,200 workers in Connecticut at AT&T East.
A tentative contract has been reached covering about 22,000 CWAers at AT&T Southeast; members are holding contract explanation meeting in advance of a ratification vote.