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After “Difficult” Talks, AT&T, Union OK New Pact

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)   The Communications Workers of America and AT&T have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement that boosts pay by nearly 11 percent for 3,200 land line phone workers in Connecticut.

Workers include technicians, customer service representatives and operators in Connecticut. The contract does not cover employees in AT&T’s wireless business.

Workers will receive a $350 lump sum bonus if the contract is ratified, retirement plan improvements and no-layoff protection for those hired between July 1, 2004, and April 8, 2012.

It’s the last of five regional agreements between the CWA and AT&T negotiated over the last year.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the contract allows it to continue to provide excellent middle class careers for employees.

Bill Henderson, president of the union’s Local 1298, said it’s the best possible contract in a struggling economy.

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