The MTD-affiliated Communications Workers of America (CWA) and AT&T have reached tentative agreements covering technicians and installers in various locations across the United States.
After more than a year of contentious talks and a strong public relations campaign (including red-on-Thursdays), CWA members working for AT&T in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin) reached a tentative four-year agreement. CWA also announced a tentative four-year pact for SBC Global Services/AT&T Corp., which covers workers in Michigan.
In addition, CWA obtained two other tentative agreements for workers in AT&T wireline operations. These members are part of the AT&T Legacy T units.
One covers workers across the country, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, while the other deals with AT&T in Puerto Rico.
“Our members have been fighting for this agreement for over a year,” stated MTD Executive Board Member and CWA Telecommunications and Technologies Vice President Lisa Bolton. “It was not easy, but because they continued to put pressure on the company through workplace actions and by engaging elected officials and the public, we have been able to preserve jobs in AT&T’s Legacy T unit.”
(Bolton updated the MTD Executive Board in February on the various efforts within CWA to reach contracts for its membership.)
All four pacts must go before CWA members for consideration. No dates for these votes have been announced.