As we reported
in early February, the deadline for AT&T and the CWA to sign a new Mobility contract had expired and a strike was looming on the horizon. Both sides ended up at the bargaining table instead, and finally AT&T has announced a tentative agreement between the carrier and the union covering 20,000 of Ma Bell's Mobility employees. The CWA will now present the deal to its members to vote for ratification. The tentative agreement offers AT&T Mobility employees in the U.S. (excepting workers in the Southeast, Southwest and Puerto Rico who have separate contracts) a lump sum $500 payment in the first year of the deal, along with a 1% increase to the minimum and maximum wage rate. In each of years two through four, there will be a 2.5% increase at both the high and low ends of the pay scale. There are other changes to retirement plans, new positions created and full time sales consultants will now be targeted to earn a minimum $12,000 a year in commissions, rising to $12,500 in 2012 with a 100% achievement of performance targets. Now that this seems to be taken care of, it looks like the only strikes will be at the spring training baseball games now underway.