AT&T, Communications Workers of America Reach New Tentative Agreement in Southwest Wireline Contract Negotiations

Wed Feb 6, 2013 5:58pm EST

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DALLAS,  Feb. 6, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced that AT&T Southwest
has reached a new tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America
District 6 in wireline contract negotiations.

The four-year agreement covers about 20,000 wireline employees in  Arkansas, 
Kansas,  Missouri,  Oklahoma  and  Texas, and will be submitted to the CWA's
membership for a ratification vote in coming days.   

The two sides returned to the bargaining table and reached a new agreement after
employees failed to ratify a prior agreement that had been reached in December.
The two sides had agreed to start negotiations early; employees continue to work
under the current contract, which expires  April 6.

If the new agreement is ratified on or before  Feb. 27, 2013, a ratification
bonus of  $1,000  will be paid to each eligible employee. The agreement would be
effective  April 7, 2013  and expire  April 8, 2017.   

The new agreement includes general wage increases in each year of the contract
-- 2.25 percent the first year, 2.5 percent the second year, 2.75 percent the
third year, and 3 percent the fourth year. It includes a 1 percent pension band
increase in each year of the contract for most employees, and an expansion to
additional employees of a guaranteed job offer provision that promises qualified
surplus employees a guaranteed job opportunity with AT&T. It maintains one of
the most robust health care plans in the nation, with increases in employee

AT&T wireline employees represented by the CWA earlier ratified, on  Aug. 17,
three-year contracts for the Midwest region and AT&T Corp. (CWA
Telecommunications and Technology Office); and on  Dec. 7  a three-year contract
for the Southeast region. These ratified agreements collectively cover about
40,000 AT&T wireline employees.   

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