(Corrects third paragraph to reflect recent contracts covered
AT&T Corp as well as Midwest. Corrects workforce to 242,380 from
256,000 to reflect more recent numbers)
NEW YORK, Sept 28 AT&T Inc said on Friday
that workers voted against a three-year labor contract covering
22,000 people, sending the telecommunications provider back to
the drawing board with its union.
AT&T said it would continue to work with the Communications
Workers of America to reach an agreement for employees in its
Southeast region of nine states including Florida and Georgia
after they failed to convince the workers to ratify the deal.
Workers had recently voted in favor of three-year contracts
for AT&T's Midwest region a nd its AT&T Corp group c overing
19,000 people. The company's total workforce was roughly 24 2 ,3 8 0
at the end of the second quarter. Th e CWA did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting By Sinead Carew; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)