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AT&T Mobility Employees Smack Down New 4-Year Contract

By Edward Gately
July 14, 2016 - News

More than 40,000 AT&T Mobility employees have rejected a four-year contract focused on benefits including health care.

Last month, AT&T Mobility and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) reached a tentative deal. The agreement was submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote.

This week, AT&T announced that employees failed to ratify the proposed contract.

"It’s unfortunate that the contract covering health care for these employees was not ratified. We’re reviewing next steps," AT&T spokesman Marty Richter told Channel Partners. “Employees continue to be covered under the terms of the current benefits contract, which does not expire until Dec. 31 and includes a no-strike provision."

Wages, pension and work rules for union-represented mobility employees are negotiated under separate contracts.

Candice Johnson, a CWA spokesperson, said negotiations will continue, but wouldn’t say why employees failed to ratify the proposed contract.

On June 1, nearly 40,000 Verizon wireline employees from Massachusetts to Virginia returned to work after seven weeks on strike. Verizon made a handful of concessions – a 10.5 percent wage increase over four years, additional hirings and more job security – in order to end the strike.

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