For Now, Those CWA Members Will Report to Work; Bargaining Still Underway in Midwest and West
Separate contracts covering 10,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America at AT&T operations expired at midnight EDT, with many important issues not yet resolved.
Negotiations are continuing now at AT&T Midwest, covering 15,000 workers, with a deadline of midnight CDT, and AT&T West, covering 18,000, with a deadline of midnight PDT.
About 4,000 members of CWA Local 1298 at AT&T East and AT&T East Yellow Pages and 6,000 in the nationwide Legacy unit will continue to report to work for now, although that can change at any time. For workers, the terms of the contracts will remain in effect, meaning that wages, working conditions and benefits like health care will continue unchanged, with the exception of arbitration for grievances.
CWA members at those units overwhelmingly authorized union leaders to call a strike if fair contracts can't be reached.
AT&T is the nation's leading telecommunications company and posted a profit of $20 billion last year. AT&T workers want to hold on to the American Dream and maintain the standard of living they have earned by contributing to AT&T's success.
As part of the 99% Spring trainings that will be held in every state the week of April 9-15, CWA members will share their fight at AT&T with participants from their communities and will make the fight to keep our standard of living a part of 99 percent spring actions. More than 60 progressive, labor and community organizations have joined the 99% Spring; more than 100,000 participants will join the training next week.
Candice Johnson, 202-434-1168