ATLANTA, GA. - Negotiators for the Communications Workers of America have finalized a tentative agreement with AT&T Southeast. The agreement follows a historic four-day unfair labor practice strike that ended on Tuesday after a “handshake deal” with the company.
The new five-year agreement includes wage increases of 13.25%, 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.
“This agreement provides substantial improvements for working people at AT&T Southeast,” said CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt. “The strike showed AT&T that our members were united. Once the company returned to the table with negotiators with decision-making authority, we were able to resolve the outstanding issues quickly.”
The action by CWA members was the largest private sector strike in the south in a decade. Senator Bernie Sanders addressed strikers in Louisville, Ky., Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden posted tweets in support of the workers, and local elected officials joined picket lines across the region.
Additional details on the agreement will be provided to members along with the procedures for the ratification vote.