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AT&T contract settles, what about Verizon?

Uncertainty for tens of thousands of working families during the Holidays

Brian Young's picture
Dec 13, 2015

For the last 5 months Communications Workers of America members up and down the East Coast have been negotiating and calling for contracts with two of the biggest telecom companies in the US - Verizon and AT&T.  Now CWA members in the Southeast, who work for AT&T, have a contract.  The contract covers 24,000 wireline and billing employees in 9 states and runs through August 2019.  The contract, which was ratified this week, will provide increases in wages, pension safeguards and improvements in job security, a better work/home life balance, and many other gains that will provide real economic improvement for workers, according to the CWA.

CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt said "It was a hard fought battle for all and we were able to get an agreement that will benefit the members during this rapidly changing environment that we are seeing in the telecom industries.”

Employees at Verizon are still fighting for a contract. These leaves much anxiety and uncertainty for tens of thousands of working families during the Holidays and with the Presidential  Primaries fast approaching and Holiday spending be tracked – the outcome of this contract battle will require all of us to pay close attention.

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