Union Members Reject AT&T Benefits Deal for 40,000 Workers

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By Tyrone Richardson

July 14 — Members of the Communications Workers of America rejected a tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement on benefits for about 40,000 AT&T Mobility Services LLC employees nationwide.

CWA leaders informed the company that its members voted to reject the benefits offer, AT&T said July 14 in a statement.

CWA didn't provide the specific ratification results.

AT&T said the two sides have agreed to continue talks on a contract proposal. The rejected proposal, which focuses solely on benefits, included four tiers of health insurance plans, a high-deductible option, a $50 surcharge for smokers and a $100 surcharge for a spouse who can get the insurance elsewhere such as his or her own job.

Contract talks on benefits started in February, and the tentative deal was announced June 7.

The tentative agreement was reached after CWA negotiators in March posted an online bulletin saying AT&T was demanding that Mobility workers “pay a larger share of healthcare costs.”

The current contract covers the calendar years 2013-2016. Wages, pension and work rules for CWA-represented Mobility employees are negotiated under separate contracts.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tyrone Richardson in Washington at trichardson@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan J. McGolrick at smcgolrick@bna.com

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Text of the rejected benefits contract is available at http://src.bna.com/gMO.

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