Union Rejects Offer as AT&T; Strike Enters 4th Week

Associated Press

Negotiators for two of American Telephone & Telegraph Co.'s six divisions and 150,000 members of the Communications Workers of America failed to reach an agreement on a new contract Sunday night, sending the nation's largest strike in three years into its fourth week.

Rozanne Weissman, a spokeswoman for the union, said a bargaining committee for 35,000 union members employed by AT&T;'s Information Systems Division, which installs and services business telephone equipment, unanimously rejected the company's latest offer.

Weissman said negotiators for the company and 76,000 union members who work in AT&T;'s Communications Division--which handles primarily long-distance service--also failed to reach agreement on a new three-year contract.

"We are still bargaining," she said.

Company spokesman Herb Linnen called the union's rejection of the AT&T; offer unfortunate.

AT&T; and the union, which represents more than half of the company's employees, reached a tentative agreement last Tuesday on a new national contract, which provides an 8% wage increase over the next three years.

But the pact is subject to approval of separate accords with AT&T;'s six large operating divisions.

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