Earlier today AT&T confirmed to Reuters that 20,000 of their wireline employees are now striking in California, Nevada and Connecticut. Employees in the south east region are unaffected after AT&T struck a three year tentative agreement with the CWA to prevent further strikes. Their workforce consists of 256,000 employees and they’re looking for ways to cut costs on the wireline portion that has declined rapidly over the last few years. AT&T says that a deal still needs to be ratified by a union vote that would provide a wage increase and “modest” pension increase over a three year span for employees.
AT&T statement “On July 21 AT&T reached tentative agreements in the Midwest Region and AT&T Corp, covering nearly 18,000 wireline employees. The New York Times noted that the CWA “applauded the agreements, saying they did not contain the deep concessions many American companies are demanding.” And AT&T Midwest on July 13 announced that it has reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on a one-year contract extension covering nearly 7,000 wireline employees in the Midwest region.”