How AT&T is Maintaining Peace with Union Workers

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DirecTV service trucks sit parked outside a service facility in Rancho Dominguez, California, on May 5, 2014. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Reprinted from Fortune by Aaron Pressman on October 7, 2016.

AT&T continued its run of positive labor relations, reaching several tentative agreements with portions of its unionized workforce.

One agreement covers about 2,000 workers in its wired Internet business. A second set of agreements covers more than 2,000 field service workers in AT&T’s DirecTV unit. All of the deals were hammered out with the Communications Workers of America union and must still be ratified by the workers.

AT&T has had a long run of successfully negotiated deals with the CWA, even after union workers at Verizon went out on a seven week strike earlier this year and won improved pay and job security. In August, 40,000 workers in AT&T’s wireless business approved a four-year benefits contract, the first major telecom workers contract ratified since the Verizon VZ -0.48% strike ended. The last major strike at AT&T occurred in 2012, though it lasted only two days.

The new tentative agreement with AT&T’s Internet workers ends a somewhat contentious negotiation. …

Fortune 10/7

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