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AT&T TO KEEP MEDIA POSTED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

AT&T TO KEEP MEDIA POSTED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
 AT&T's Media Relations Office in Washington will be staffing to anticipate and meet the needs of print and broadcast reporters and assignment editors, as national contract negotiations with the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electric Workers approach the critical phase in the next several days. Three-year contracts covering some 125,000 AT&T employees expire at 11:59 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 30. Negotiations have been under way between AT&T, CWA and IBEW in Washington since early April.
 As the Saturday midnight deadline approaches, AT&T remains optimistic that a contract fair to all sides can be negotiated. Progress has been made in discussions so far. Difficult issues remain. Both sides are bargaining in good faith. Innovative solutions are being discussed to resolve the concerns of AT&T and the unions. While the unions have authorization to strike if no settlement is reached, AT&T doesn't want a strike and is convinced the unions do not want one either.
 The contract covers AT&T long distance operators; technicians who install sophisticated communications equipment and circuits for long distance services; customer and account representatives; and more than 30,000 people in 18 plants across the country engaged in manufacturing sophisticated, hi-tech switching and transmission equipment, fiber optic cable and microprocessors. These products are sold in the United States and overseas.
 AT&T is a global company that provides communications services and products, as well as network equipment and computer systems, to businesses, consumers, telecommunications service providers and government agencies. The AT&T worldwide intelligent network carries more than 125 million voice, data, video and facsimile messages every business day.
 AT&T's plans are to proactively keep the print and broadcast media posted on developments in negotiations. AT&T will issue a round-up news release, plus sidebar stories, as warranted, on innovative aspects of the contract, once a settlement is reached. Statements will be issued to the media to cover other possible developments in the negotiations.
 While AT&T remains optimistic negotiations can be concluded successfully without a work stoppage, the company has undertaken, as it always does, contingency planning so that it can provide the best possible service to its customers. Contingency planning in connection with the current contract negotiations has been underway since last summer. It covers every aspect of AT&T's business. In the event of a work stoppage, the company will use management and supervisory personnel, as well as retired management personnel, to cover essential work. AT&T also will work with several temporary employment agencies to recruit and train workers if that becomes necessary. Again, AT&T is optimistic a strike can be avoided, negotiations can be concluded successfully and innovative solutions to vexing work place issues will be agreed to.
 For television editors, AT&T has available, on request in Washington, B-roll footage showing company employees engaged in day- to-day service, operations and manufacturing functions should it be needed for voice-over coverage of this unfolding story.
 CONTACT: Herb Linnen, director-media relations, 202-457-3933, or after hours, 202-625-0883; Jim McGann, district manager-media relations, 202-457-3942, or after hours, 301-585-5519; or Sally Sherwood, district manager-media relations, 202-457-2876, all of AT&T.
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