Communications Workers of America members have ratified five-year agreements covering 20,000 workers at AT&T Southeast’s BellSouth, Utilities and Billing units. The agreements were reached in August after a historic four-day unfair labor practice strike.
The new agreements provide wage increases of 13.25% over the life of the contracts, pension and 401(k) plan enhancements, improved job security and additional customer service positions. There will be no increase in the health care cost sharing percentage for the life of the contract and employees will now have the ability to contribute to a Health Savings Account via payroll deduction.
“CWA members in the Southeast were united behind our bargaining team,” said CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt. “We were able to negotiate substantial improvements to our contracts because our members were truly willing to do whatever it took -- including going on strike to protest the Company's unfair labor practices -- in order for us to reach a fair agreement.”