Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2012

AT&T Faces Possible Strike by Wireline Employees

AT&T Inc. faces the possibility of a walkout by 40,000 wireline employees Sunday morning if the union is unable to reach an agreement with the telecommunications company on a new contract, reported the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

Separate negotiations over four contracts are underway on behalf of the CWA-represented workers at AT&T. The four contracts expire at midnight on April 7.

Members at four AT&T units voted overwhelmingly to authorize CWA leaders to call strikes if fair contracts cannot be reached. More than 93.5 percent of the voting AT&T members in the combined units approved the strike authorization.

AT&T, headquartered in Dallas, TX, is seeking increases in workers’ health-care premiums and co-payments, pension cuts and other benefits changes, according to the union.

In addition, about 30,000 wireline workers represented by the CWA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have contracts expiring on June 23 and August 4, according to AT&T.

The Company currently employs about 256,000.

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