CWA members at AT&T Southeast voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize a strike, if necessary. The current contracts at BellSouth Telecommunications, Utility Operations, and BellSouth Billing cover more than 20,000 workers in CWA District 3 and are set to expire on Saturday, August 3.
"Our bargaining team has brought proposals to the table that will ensure that AT&T does not leave communities behind in the Southeast. Our members are prepared to do whatever it takes to support their negotiations," said CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt. "AT&T is highly profitable and has received huge tax windfalls in the past few years. The company should be investing in its network and in its workforce so that we have modern, reliable telecommunications service everywhere, not just in the big cities and wealthiest areas. It should keep customer service jobs here where its customers are instead of shipping them overseas."
CWA members at AT&T Southeast are showing the company that they are ready to do whatever is necessary to fight for a fair contract.
Flight Attendants represented by AFA-CWA at PSA Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, voted this week to ratify a new contract. The four-year agreement provides improvements for more than 1,300 PSA Flight Attendants. In addition to immediate pay raises, the new contract includes increased vacation, improved work rules, and increased scheduling flexibility.
"Today, we ratified a new contract that will provide much needed wage increases for Flight Attendants and their families," said Lee Wilkes, AFA-CWA PSA President. "We work hard as aviation's first responders within the American Airlines brand. This contract provides real improvements, and it is also a better platform for us to stand with Flight Attendants around the industry to raise standards for Flight Attendants working at regional airlines."