Regional union workers at AT&T's wireless business have approved a new, four-year labor agreement, the company and union said Wednesday.
Members of the Communications Workers of America District 6 approved the contract with 70 percent of the vote, said Mike Neumann, district staff representative. The district includes 8,800 AT&T Mobility workers in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.
About 995 Oklahoma workers are included in the new contract, Neumann said. The contract includes wage increases from 2 percent to 2.5 percent and a $1,000 bonus. Other provisions covered vacations, breaks and improvements to sales commission plans.
“The company and the union worked hard in the spirit of our long-standing relationship to reach this agreement,” AT&T said in a statement.
The agreement is retroactive to Feb. 25, when the prior contract expired. The sides continued negotiating for about a week after the deadline and reached a tentative agreement in early March.
The delay came from disagreements over short-term disability; pensions; and vacations and sick days, Neumann said. The final agreement worked out many of those issues, he said.
“I think it was a good contract,” Neumann said. “It doesn't include everything we would have liked to have seen, but it ended up well.”
AT&T has about 4,100 employees in Oklahoma.