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

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

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 contributions.

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.

More information will be posted as it is available at www.att.com/corewirelinebargaining

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