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


AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in core wireline contract negotiations in CWA District 6 (AT&Tís Southwest Region), covering approximately 26,000 employees in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

The agreement, which will be submitted to the districtís membership for a ratification vote in coming days, is the fifth to be reached with a bargaining unit representing the companyís core wireline employees. Nearly 70 percent of the approximately 120,000 employees covered under AT&Tís core wireline contracts now have either voted to ratify or reached tentative agreements with AT&T.

Agreements between AT&T and the CWA have been ratified in the Midwest and West regions, as well as with Legacy AT&T Corp., which covers employees across the country. An agreement between AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) has also been ratified.

Negotiations are continuing in CWA District 3 Ė AT&Tís nine-state Southeast Region, where the contract expired Aug. 8. CWA District 1 Ė AT&Tís East Region, covering employees in Connecticut Ė is the only region where the contract expired on April 4 that is yet to reach a contract. In both regions, employees continue to work under the terms of the expired contracts while negotiations continue.

The four-year proposed agreement includes pay and pension band increases in each year of the agreement, as well as provisions addressing cost of living adjustments Health care benefits remain among the best in the nation; the health care plan provides for fully funded preventive care.

Details of the tentative agreement are reported on the AT&T bargaining Web site (

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