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CWA, IBEW Reject AT&T Offer

February 13, 2002

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. (AP) _ The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have refused an offer from AT&T to extend the unions’ current contracts, AT&T announced Tuesday.

The contracts expire May 11. The offer would have extended the agreements for up to 18 months.

AT&T’s proposal included a 6 percent wage increase over 18 months and an 8 percent pension increase for employees retiring between now and the end of the extension.

The unions said the offer did not address concerns about job security.

The IBEW said it is ready to begin negotiations before March 11, when contract talks are scheduled to begin. CWA said last week that it has offered to begin bargaining immediately with AT&T.

The CWA represents about 27,000 AT&T employees and the IBEW represents about 900, according to AT&T.

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