RALEIGH – AT & T's striking employees across the southeast are returning to work Wednesday afternoon, their union declared this morning.
The strike began on Saturday, involving around 20,000 workers.
The union did not say that a settlement had been reached on issues that trigger the walkout.
In a statement, Communications Workers of America stated:
“CWA has notified AT&T management that we are ending the unfair strike in labor practices and have agreed to return to work.
"The strike is over, effective immediately.
" Employees in negotiating units at AT&T Southeast, Utility Operations and AT&T Billing are expected to return to work at 1
”Even though employees in the middle of the trip should return to work at. ET / 12: 00 P.M. CT today. "
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CWA said earlier that the two sides met on Monday to discuss "various negotiating proposals."
The union has already delivered an unfair labor charge to the National Labor Relations Board. It described the discussion as "intense", but also offered a glimmer of hope.
"There is a possibility for the negotiations to move forward," it said in a statement. "It is our wish to reach an agreement and obtain the contract that our members deserve."
AT&T spokesperson Marty Richter told WRAL TechWire today that the company is ready to negotiate a new, improved contract. But it strongly disagrees with the union's claims of unfair labor practices.
"Our negotiating team negotiates this contract with CWA executives in the same way we have done with dozens of other CWA contracts over the years.
:" The company has reached, and union members have voted to ratify, 20 fair deals since 2017, covering more than 89,000 employees, which includes five similar agreements reached in late June and early July and ratified by CWA members, and we look forward to doing the same here. "
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