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AT&T wireless employees approve labor contract in Oklahoma, four other states

The four-year labor agreement with the Communications Workers of America included wage increases, a bonus and improvements to a sales commission plan. The regional agreement covers 8,800 AT&T Mobility employees in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.
by Paul Monies Published: April 5, 2012

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.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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