DALLAS, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached by its subsidiaries with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council T-3 in wireline contract negotiations.
The five-year agreement covers nearly 5,000 wireline employees primarily in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The IBEW-represented employees covered by the agreement are members of IBEW Local 21 in Illinois and Northwest Indiana, and other IBEW locals spread across the country.
The agreement will be submitted to the union's membership for a vote in coming days.
The two sides agreed to start negotiations early. The current contract expires on June 24, 2017.
Including this agreement, AT&T has reached 29 labor agreements since 2015, collectively covering over 128,000 employees.
Separate from the agreement, the company also announced it will hire 1,000 people into IBEW-represented jobs in the next five years, including a new call center in Chicago.
AT&T has a longstanding good relationship with the IBEW in the Midwest, and worked with the union to bring work opportunities to the IBEW. It's an example of what can be achieved when the two sides work together, and the company appreciates the work of the IBEW's leadership team to make this possible. In addition, the economic environment fostered by the current administration in Washington is conducive to adding jobs.
More information will be posted on http://www.att.com/bargaining as it is available.
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