At&t's Employee Negotiations Going No Where Fast

Posted by Kallan Dahn Monday, February 9, 2009

At&t has been in negotiations with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to negotiate a contract for some 20,000 employees that currently staff locations for At&t Mobility. Sunday the negotiations ceased to move forward. Workers were already working on a 24 hour contract extension. At&t is requesting a 30 day extension of the current contract claiming they "underestimated" the time it would take to comb through the final offers. Given the current economic climate At&t has deemed that a fair contract might include a cumulative increase in wage of about 9% spread over a 4 year period. While a call for strike has not yet been issued, CWA workers have a majority vote of 85% in favor of a call to strike if a fair and equitable agreement can not be reached within a reasonable time frame. Employees are currently most concered with job security, wages, and working conditions. At&t representative Walt Sharp has made it clear that At&t has a business continuity plan in place. This will allow At&t to continue to operate at acceptable levels while their contract negotiation disputes are resolved in the event of a strike.

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