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UNIONS WRAP UP LOCAL ISSUE TALKS WITH AT&T, CLEARING THE WAY FOR NATIONAL CONTRACT RATIFICATION

 UNIONS WRAP UP LOCAL ISSUE TALKS WITH AT&T,
 CLEARING THE WAY FOR NATIONAL CONTRACT RATIFICATION
 WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Unions representing 127,000 AT&T workers announced that they had reached settlement with the company at six local issues bargaining tables after marathon talks over the weekend, clearing the way for a national membership ratification vote on a new three-year contract.
 A settlement on national bargaining issues had been announced earlier, on July 1, by AT&T, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents 100,000 workers at AT&T, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which represents another 27,000.
 However, that settlement was contingent upon successful completion of further talks on issues specific to various individual work groups and manufacturing plants.
 The local issues settlement came late last night following intense bargaining sessions that saw negotiators meeting at one point for 43 straight hours from Friday through yesterday morning.
 Membership ratification on the complete settlement package will take several weeks to complete, the unions reported. Strengthened employment security was identified as the unions' chief goal in the talks, and union negotiators said they had achieved further gains in this area in the local talks.
 The national settlement calls for over 30 improvements in the employee job transfer system at AT&T, as well as access to a larger pool of available jobs at AT&T, and provisions to give laid-off workers temporary jobs and a better chance to be rehired into new jobs.
 The settlement also boosts base wages for most workers by 12.3 percent over the three years, provides $3,300 worth of AT&T stock to each employee, raises pension benefits by 13 percent, and expands worker training and family care provisions.
 CWA represents over 600,000 workers in telecommunications, printing, publishing, media, health care, and the public sector in the United States and Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Miller of Communications Workers of America, 202-434-1172/
 (T) CO: Communications Workers of America; AT&T; International
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