Union Blasts AT&T's 'Final' Contract Offer

By: AP
By: AP

DALLAS (AP) _ AT&T says it made its best and final contract offer to wireline workers in its southwestern region.

But the union Wednesday called the proposal a ``major'' step backward.

Dallas-based AT&T says it offered raises of 2 percent now, and 2.25 percent each in 2010 and 2011, plus a $500 bonus if workers ratify the contract by June 5.

It also said lower-paid employees would pay less in health care deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, and the offer preserved
contributions to 401(k) retirement accounts.

AT&T this week made the latest offer to the Communications Workers of America.

The previous contract for employees in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri expired last month.

AT&T is negotiating separately with wireline workers in five districts.

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