April 1, 2013
By Neal Tepel – LaborPress USA
Washington DC – AT&T has reached a tentative agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in wireline contract negotiations primarily covering Illinois and northwestern Indiana. The four-year agreement, covers nearly 6,500 wireline employees.
The IBEW employees covered under the agreement are members of IBEW Local 21 in Illinois and northwestern Indiana, and in other locals spread across the country. The two sides agreed last month to start negotiations early. The current contract expires on June 22, 2013.
If the agreement is ratified on or before May 7, 2013 – ratification bonus of $1,000 will be paid to each eligible employee. The agreement will be effective June 23, 2013 and expire June 24, 2017. The agreement includes general wage increases in each year of the contract – 2.25% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year, 2.75% in the third year, and 3% in the fourth year.
AT&T wireline employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have ratified three-year contracts for the Midwest region and Southwest region. The ratified agreements collectively cover about 60,000 AT&T wireline employees.