Union Cool Toward At&T; Wage Offer
AT&T; Corp. raised its wage offer to 110,000 union employees during contract negotiations but a union spokesman said Thursday that the improvement was “minimal.”
Company and union negotiators caucused separately Thursday morning and were scheduled to meet later in the day.
“We got a lot of responses on various issues last night,” said Jeffrey Miller, information director for the Communications Workers of America. “They bargained ‘til after 11 o’clock and right now, we’re studying this package of proposals and responses to our positions.”
Contract negotiations turned to wages and other issues Wednesday after a stalemate developed over whether retired workers should pay for part of their health care premiums.
On Thursday, AT&T; spokesman Herb Linnen said the company had improved its wage offer by one percentage point, to 8 percent over three years, plus bonuses.
But Miller called the improvement in the wage offer “minimal.” He declined to specify how much of an increase the unions are seeking.