AT&T ends 10-month union standoff with 10% pay rise for reps, and more perks

AT&T ends 10-month union standoff with 10% pay rise for reps, and more perks
Тhe Communications Workers of America finally ended their siege of AT&T after a 10-month nuclear standoff that saw wireless store employees going out on a strike back in May. The CWA union has about half of the AT&T workforce in its ranks, and the deal will benefit more than 21,000 of its support and store reps. 

The agreement will ring in a 10.1% pay rise over the period of four years, but the better part is that AT&T will shift its compensation emphasis from commissions to the base pay, which should be a sigh of relief for salespeople in the stores. Furthermore, AT&T will start offering a more generous sick days policy, and compensations for closing stores. 

AT&T is in the crosshairs of the Justice Department, which is suing it over the $85 billion offer for Time Warner, and the carrier apparently wants to deal with this pressing matter more than dragging the union fight further.

source: WSJ (paywall)

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9 Comments

1. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Wow! A whole 10%? So if you make $12hr, you can look forward to an extra $1.20 per hour. From a company that is about to get a huge tax break and makes billions of dollars. That's why I left them year ago. Will never work for a brand name company again, ever!

3. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

You’re ridiculous. A 10% increase is astronomical. Seriously. You have no clue. Billions and billions you say? I own a business. I would have to close my business.

9. higeyuki

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

This is why I can't in my right mind work for small business. Small businesses just can't compete with large businesses. Healthcare, PTO, Sick pay and all the discounts you get with a major company are no match for employment in the small sector. I'm even thought about starting a concept business of my own but when I looked into what it would cost to compete with the pay and benefits of my current company it was just not feasible. Especially healthcare. If there were a universal option and businesses did not have to worry about healthcare maybe small businesses could better compete. Among other things. Many of my friends are in the same boat and refuse to work for anyone that does not offer a more comprehensive benefits option.

2. wrm2013

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Now if only amazon could unionize

4. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Unions have destroyed this country. This isn’t 1935 when unions truly came into being to protect employees from zero safety standards etc...Now this country is all about entitlement. You’re entitled because if your race, your religion, your gender, you’re entitled because you belong to a union. And that’s why my friends, company’s say screw it, off to Mexico we go.

6. wrm2013

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Your insane. Companies move off shore and contract work out to please share holders. Not one company leaves because they are loosing money. They leave because they want more money.

8. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

“Not one company leaves because they are loosing money?” Yes they do. Because if they are losing money then they are NOT pleasing the shareholders. One of the largest expense in any company is payroll. Keep thinking that paying McDonalds employees $15.00 a hour for dropping fries in the fryer is a good thing. Thats why in California it’s $2.49 for a large fry and in Arkansas it’s $1.89 a whopping 75% more. Let’s do the math. Arkansas min wage is $8.50 and San Fran is $13. Make sense? Wait I forgot, you’re entitled to $1.89 fries AND $15.00hr.

5. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

This is over 4 years? Not great. If you want to close your business, go right ahead. Move to Mexico? Really, go for it.

7. Neoberry99

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

2.5% annually for 4 years don't sound too shabby

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