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CWA, AT&T Reach Tentative Agreement

Communications Workers of America and AT&T negotiators have reached a tentative deal with AT&T Southeast, AT&T Utility Operations, and BellSouth Billing on contracts covering 28,000 workers, according to the union.

Those include workers at its video service, U-verse.

CWA did not reveal the terms of the deal, saying it first needed to get the members' ratification votes. But it did say there were "improvements" in "wages, pension safeguards, job security," and "work/home life" balance.

CWA said negotiations were still ongoing with AT&T Southeast on contracts covering another 28,000 workers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.