Menu Contact Practice Areas Menu
Free Phone Consultations
Hablamos EspaƱol

Communication workers union in negotiations with AT&T

The Communication Workers of America, a union that represents employees in nine states including Florida, is currently in negotiations with AT&T. According to reports, the CWA had a previous contract with the phone company; the contract expired on Aug. 8 and the employer and union had not, at that time, agreed to a new contract.

In some areas, employees are picketing to raise awareness regarding working conditions at the employer. They hope that by doing so, they might see some improvements to those conditions based on the new contract. The president of a local CWA chapter in another state reportedly said that picketers in his area did not actually intend to strike, especially if they saw some improvements. He stated that a strike would be bad for both the employer and the employees, and it was not something they wanted.

For now, around 24,000 employees of AT&T in the affected states are working without a contract. Some employees report negative working conditions, including long working hours. The CWA chapter president interviewed stated that workers are not necessarily seeking higher wages during the negotiation process. Instead, they want shorter working days and are concerned about the cost of health insurance.

Some employees report working from 8 a.m. to midnight on some days. Employees also note that AT&T informed some of them that they would have to pay more to cover health insurance premiums. In some case, the reported increase was as high as 225 percent.

The situation between AT&T and the CWA is not uncommon. It's also not uncommon for a single worker to experience trouble in negotiating a contract with an employer. If you are having issues with the legal process involving a contract or contract negotiation, sometimes a professional third-party offers the perspective and knowledge that can help you seek the most positive outcome possible.

Source: Albany Herald, "AT&T workers picket Albany headquarters," Jim West, Sep. 19, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers
  •  The Florida Bar | Board Certified | Labor and Employment
  • American Bar Association | Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Best Lawyers | Linking Lawyers and Client Worldwide
Email Our Attorneys

We Are Ready To Help You

Please call our employment law offices at 305-375-9510 or fill out the form below to arrange a consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin